The West, reliant on hydro, may miss it during heat waves

“If we have heat waves that increase demand, that is when that loss of hydro becomes really important,” said Adrienne Marshall, a computational hydrologist at the Colorado School of Mines.
May 20, 2022

Salty, subterranean water could relieve world’s lithium shortage

“It’s an insane number,” said Jordy M. Lee, a program manager at the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines. What’s more, it might even be too low.
May 20, 2022

In coal country, a new chance to clean up a toxic legacy

“The potential to recover rare earths from acid mine drainage and other streams in the coal production and combustion process represent an example of a broader set of potentially unconventional but transformative sources for securing access to rare ....
May 19, 2022

U.S. coal isn’t counting on Europe for a comeback

That’s the case in Europe too, despite the current surge in demand as it moves off Russian coal, according to Ian Lange, who directs the mineral and energy economics program at the Colorado School of Mines.
May 17, 2022

Opinion: A solar-energy trade dispute erupts at exactly the wrong time

Morgan Bazilian and Simon Lomax of the Payne Institute for Public Policy wrote this opinion piece about how a complaint by a California company could delay Xcel Energy's exit from coal.
May 17, 2022

Hydropower is 53% of the renewable energy supply in the West. Drought is slowing down production.

“It’s our largest low- or no-carbon emissions energy source that we can turn on and off when we need it,” Adrienne Marshall, an assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, said.
May 17, 2022

Can free college tuition and scholarships solve the nation's labor shortage crisis? These governors seem to think so

“Having a more highly educated population in your state is going to be a good thing for your economy and society in general, in the long run,” said Paul Johnson, president of the Colorado School of Mines.
May 13, 2022

Researchers Grew Tiny Plants in Moon Dirt Collected Decades Ago

“This is an impressive study for two reasons. They’re using the actual Apollo samples, and they’re applying modern biology tools,” says Kevin Cannon, a geologist and space resources researcher at the Colorado School of Mines, who was not involved in ....
May 12, 2022

First-of-its kind project in Colorado will bury 350,000 tons of planet-warming carbon that would have been released into the air

“Regulations and the guidance from the federal government is extremely rigorous,” said Anna Littlefield, a research associate at the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines who works with Carbon America.
May 12, 2022

Get digging

It’s worth noting mining lithium won’t immediately solve everything, said Jordy Lee, a program manager at the Colorado School of Mines’ Payne Institute for Public Policy.
May 12, 2022

Colorado fracking disclosure bill changed to allow trade secrets

The steel lining of oil wells can corrode as they age, leaving open the possibility that long-lasting chemicals used during fracking could migrate to aquifers over time, said John Spear, a Colorado School of Mines professor who studies subsurface ....
May 11, 2022

Air-Conditioning Should Be a Human Right in the Climate Crisis

Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute for Public Policy, was a co-author of this opinion piece about the importance of protecting vulnerable people from killer heat without destroying the environment.
May 10, 2022