The Biden administration is facing critical questions about how to balance the urgency of transitioning to clean energy with other progressive priorities. On Monday, a U.S. district judge halted construction of two geothermal power plants on public land in Nevada. The decision was in response to a lawsuit filed in December by the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental nonprofit, and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, against the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, for approving the project.
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On a turquoise lake in a sandstone desert, Ross Dombrowski is trying to figure out what to do about the rock growing behind his houseboat. The rock, spectacular and rust red, like most in southern Utah, wasn’t visible below the water’s surface when Dombrowski moored his houseboat on Lake Powell last year.
It’s a new year, and there is a lot going on in the world. Instead of the usual newsletter format, Indy Environment this week is looking ahead at a few stories to watch as we begin 2022:
When Harry Reid retired, New York Magazine ran this headline: “Who Will Do What Harry Reid Did Now That Harry Reid Is Gone?”
I’ve been thinking about that question as Democrats struggle to advance President Biden’s Build Back Better bill, which includes hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy investments. As the Senate’s Democratic leader, Reid was legendary for brokering deals and holding his caucus together, most famously getting President Obama’s Affordable Care Act across the finish line despite unified Republican opposition.
U.S. officials announced approval Tuesday of two solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels.
Two separate times over the summer, the City of Reno in Nevada warned residents to avoid contact with local lakes and ponds where the explosive growth of cyanobacteria – also known as blue-green algae – had choked the water with green slime and released dangerous toxins.
I came to the United States from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, as a child and have lived in Las Vegas since then. This is the only home I have ever known and I have created community bonds with friends and neighbors.
Climate change: US projections on drought-hit Colorado River which serves 40 million people grow even more dire
Lake Mead and Lake Powell – reservoirs along the river that are used as barometers to judge how much supply some states will get from the water source – have dipped to historic lows.
With absent rainy seasons, depleted snowpack, widespread heat waves, unprecedented wildfires and low reservoirs, the American West has experienced an extraordinary drought since early 2020. To inform and prepare Americans for droughts like this one, three questions are critical to answer: How bad is this drought? What caused it? When will it end?