Environment

Four people are seated around at table, looking at a woman who is speaking while seated at the table next to them

‘We can’t wait any longer’: Idaho health care group wants action on climate change

BY: - September 29, 2022

Ethan Sims and his two daughters went to Washington, D.C., last week. The girls, ages 13 and 14, spent the afternoon telling aides for Idaho’s all-Republican congressional delegation how climate change affects their lives. One example: their coaches are forced to cancel practices because of unsafe air quality. Sims is an emergency room physician for […]

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin

Manchin seeks bipartisan ‘sweet spot’ for a new try at his energy permitting bill

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators from both parties said Wednesday they hope to negotiate an energy permitting reform bill yet this year, reviving efforts to streamline the process after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III had to pull back his plan amid broad opposition.  The Manchin proposal was attached to a must-pass government funding bill […]

Four women sit on a sofa and chairs in a living room

They’re women. They’re LDS. And they’re speaking their minds on politics.

BY: - September 28, 2022

Women from across Idaho joined a Zoom call on a Wednesday evening in mid-September. There were teachers. A school board member. One woman who is running for office, and one who ran in 2018. They gathered virtually from their corners of the state to talk about public schools — and how they, as members of […]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Billions for natural disasters, home energy included in stopgap spending bill in Congress

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is on track to approve billions in funding this week to help offset rising home heating and cooling costs as well as boost aid for communities recovering from natural disasters.  The package, unveiled overnight, would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that scorched much of New Mexico […]

Moose fire Idaho 2022

As wildfires become common, Idaho’s smoke season becomes a public health hazard

BY: and - September 23, 2022

Ethan Sims and Wesley Pidcock know what to expect when fire season arrives. As doctors who specialize in helping people breathe, they see what happens when wildfire smoke spreads into communities throughout Idaho. Every time there is a spike in the air quality index — a rating for hazardous air — there is a spike […]

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

BY: and - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON – The energy permitting proposal centrist Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III made a condition of his support for a major Senate Democratic measure would impose timelines on federal agencies responsible for approving energy projects, according to text of the measure released late Wednesday.  Congressional Democrats are deeply divided over the Manchin permitting bill, […]

Yucca Mountain in Nevada

Nevada officials take another shot at killing Yucca Mountain Project once and for all

BY: - September 21, 2022

Over the past two decades, the state of Nevada has filed multiple lawsuits against the federal government to end the Yucca Mountain Project. Now Nevada leaders are hoping a new motion will terminate Yucca Mountain once and for all. On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects announced they filed a […]

Amid a massive American clean energy shift, grid operators play catch-up

BY: - September 20, 2022

For the better part of the past century, the American electric power system evolved around large, mostly fossil fuel power plants delivering electricity to residences, businesses and industry through a network of transmission and distribution wires that collectively came to be called the electric grid. But as the threat of climate change driven by carbon […]

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park visitation numbers down again in August

BY: - September 20, 2022

Recreational visits at Yellowstone National Park were down again in August as the park continues to recover from historic flooding earlier in 2022. In August, Yellowstone hosted 582,211 recreational visits, according to a press release from park officials. That is down 37% from the 921,844 recreational visits a year earlier in August 2021, park officials […]

Idaho officials at meeting

GOP leaders target ‘woke’ investments through state pension funds

BY: - September 19, 2022

Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investing concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria, or ESG for short. Describing these investment criteria as “woke” and “misguided activism,” GOP officials argue that by taking these factors into account when making investment choices, financial institutions are putting ideology ahead of making […]

Idaho Capitol Building

Idaho legislators receive report on tax values of privatizing federal public lands

BY: - September 16, 2022

The CEO of a Utah-based real estate analytics software company told members of an interim committee of Idaho legislators that the state could receive millions of dollars more in tax revenue if it privatized federally controlled public lands in Idaho.  Ryan Freeman, CEO of Lehi, Utah-based AEON AI, made the remarks during Thursday’s meeting of […]

Biden administration targets deep waters near Oregon, Maine for new offshore wind power

BY: - September 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will seek to add deep-water offshore wind energy, a developing technology that isn’t yet widely used, to its mix of renewable energy sources, administration leaders said Thursday. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told reporters on a White House call that their departments would advance efforts to […]