In 2016, the collapse of the coal industry finally hit the epicenter of U.S. production: Wyoming’s mineral-rich Powder River Basin. Two out of the four largest coal companies in the U.S. declared bankruptcy. They shed hundreds of their Wyoming miners all at once. Now, in northeastern Wyoming, a recent boost in coal prices and production, and a pro-coal president, have hopes rising.
Nature | Widely used estimates of future U.S. natural gas production, including those from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and prominent companies like Goldman Sachs, may have overstated how much natural gas developers can extract in coming decades.
Watts Bar actually is what it sounds like: a watering hole for light bulbs. It’s a nuclear reactor. And not just any nuclear reactor. When it begins operating next year, it’ll be the first new commercial reactor in the U.S. in nearly 20 years.
Fossil fuel production on federal and Indian land is down over the past decade, in contrast to a big boost in production across the rest of the country. Why does it matter if the land that sits on top of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – is federal, Indian, or private? One word: money.
As states ready for the Obama Administration to release new carbon emissions regulations next week, a major question looms: What’s the most sensible way to measure and compare greenhouse gas production? Two states dwarf all others when it comes to sheer amount of carbon dioxide released: Texas and California. Texas is such a carbon giant that it accounts for 12% of U.S. emissions and produces nearly twice as much as the next closest state, California. This graph shows 2011 carbon dioxide emissions based on Energy Information Administration (EIA) data:
But there’s more than one way to slice and dice emissions data. Looking at carbon dioxide produced per dollar earned by industry, the story changes: Wyoming tops all states in carbon emitted per dollar earned, followed by West Virginia and North Dakota.
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