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Pedal to the metals
By Mountain West News • Issue #271 • View online

EVs spark the West's next mining boom
Idaho is sitting on one of the most important elements on Earth
New Idaho mine could mark beginning of cobalt boom as demand for climate-friendly minerals skyrockets
Electric vehicles drive up demand for ‘green metals’
In a battle between this endangered flower and a lithium mine, who should win?
Minerals and the clean-energy transition: the basics
Electric vehicles charge ahead in statehouses
More on the energy transition
Unaweep Canyon is central to Xcel Energy’s big plans for renewable energy production in Colorado
Pumped hydro grid storage could be poised for a comeback
County commission approves Rock Creek Wind Project
Utah’s energy producers should learn to follow the sun, the Editorial Board writes
Kemmerer’s locals, leaders eye transition to nuclear-power boom town
Without policy change, Wyoming could be worst off during clean energy transition, analysis finds
Shell’s massive carbon capture facility in Canada emits far more than it captures, study says
Labor lowdown
Judge refuses to exempt Colorado river guides from new $15 federal minimum wage
Labor issues put a squeeze on America's $50 billion ski industry
Can unions save ski patrollers?
Range of fire
Data may be Colorado’s best bet to mitigate increasing wildfire risk on the Front Range
How the government hopes to prevent wildfires by starting them
Short-term exposure to Fort McMurray wildfire smoke affected lungs of RCMP officers: study
Water wire
Ski resorts aim for more efficient snowmaking amid drought
Drought conditions improve in the West, but more snowpack is needed
The Yampa River is ‘over-appropriated’: There isn’t enough water for everyone who wants it
Flathead water compact takes effect
Draft bill would create a Utah Lake ‘authority’ similar to Inland Port Authority
Supreme Court tees up wetlands fight that could cuff EPA
What else we're reading today
A return to Native agriculture
Idaho was the 50th state to legalize industrial hemp. Now eight farmers are ready to produce it.
Abandoned oil well counts are exploding—now that there’s money on the table
New financial rules could bring major reform to Colorado oil and gas industry
Colorado groups threaten to sue EPA for delaying penalties on Front Range ozone pollution failures
Yellowstone’s shattered visitation record in ‘21? It’s complicated
Nat’l refuge tries to wean its elk off feed, and fails so far
Opinion: Conservation groups want to buy land to protect it. One problem: It’s often illegal
Rockies Today is edited by Matthew Frank, fellow in regional journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
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