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New West Roundup for Apr. 27, 2017

Today in New West news: tug-of-war in Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act debate, Texas gas co. shuts down thousands of wells after fatal Colorado explosion, and Wyoming wolves.

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On Ethanol: Conservation Should Precede Biofuels Mania

Why invest billions of dollars in ethanol? For national security, cleaner air, expending less carbon dioxide to slow global warming, and helping out farmers in America's heartland. These are some of the reasons behind the rapidly evolving shift toward biofuels produced from corn and other crops. But is corn the answer? What about cutting trees? A number of prominent policy experts worry about using a valuable food staple like corn for humans and livestock to produce ethanol. They also fear the landscape level impacts of rushing into a quick fix. Here, Tom DeLuca, a senior scientist with The Wilderness Society based in Bozeman, Montana, examines the issue and explains how the perspective from Montana holds wide implications for the rest of the country.

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Can Wyoming Diplomats Build A Bridge Of Clean Coal To China?

Climate change: It is regarded as one of the greatest challenges civilization has ever faced. As the scientific community, governments around the world, and industry come together in talks about how to address carbon dioxide emissions from human-related industrial activity pouring into Earth's atmosphere, a predominant focus is on coal. Experts say that any plan to curb CO2 emissions will be pointless unless three of the most populous and influential nations on the planet--the U.S., China, and India--take steps to transform the way that coal is converted into electricity. In populous China and India, the paradox being wrestled with is this: How to raise the standard of living for billions of people, utilizing fuels of the Industrial Age, but simultaneously trying not to destroy any hope of addressing carbon dioxide outputs that are accelerating global warming? Not long ago, a little known outfit called the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs began a series of talks between government officials in China and the U.S, energy experts, executives with industry and conservationists to find a way in which the best clean coal technology can rapidly be implemented. Today, Wyoming and the Shanxi Province of China represent the two largest coal-producing areas in their respective nations. In the American West, ground zero is the rich, coal-producing areas of the Powder River Basin straddling the borders of Wyoming and Montana. This is the first in an ongoing series of articles about clean coal technology, the role that Wyoming and Montana are playing in international discussions about climate change, and opportunities for industry in the U.S. and China to become leaders in changing the paradigm of how electricity is produced, using a natural resource that is both abundant and troublesome. This fall, New West contributing editor Todd Wilkinson traveled to China along with a delegation of officials from Wyoming and Montana to participate in the groundbreaking U.S.-China Clean Coal Forum.

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How Much Will We Give Up to Have a New Wilderness?

A focal point on the ongoing Quid Pro Quo Wilderness debate, the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, (CIEDRA) is still moving forward, slowly but contentiously. Greens continue to debate how much they're willing to give up to get a new Wilderness, the Boulder-White Clouds, with many strongly believing CIEDRA gives up too much. CIEDRA sponsor Mike Simpson (R-ID) and environmental group backers, such as the Idaho Conservation League and The Wilderness Society, have attempted to find a middle ground among stakeholders and end the Gem State's twenty-six-year Wilderness drought. But is it working?

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