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Federal coal program is broken
Representing WORC and the Northern Plains Resource Council, Steve Charter comments on reforms to the coal program during the Department of Interior’s coal listening session July 29 in Washington, D.C.

MOVING ON, BUT NO WAY GONE: Coal in America. Read More.

Lifeng Fang at RMC

Does China need Powder River Basin coal?
In a presentation at Rocky Mountain College on Sept. 10, 2013, Chinese coal activist Lifeng Fang addresses Chinese coal policy and the prospects for U.S. coal.

Dudley Butler calls for apology
Dudley Butler, former administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, has called on Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to apologize for comments the Senator made about what Butler supposedly had said about the proposed GIPSA rule.

We Shall Remain – Life with and after coal
This half-hour special looks at the effects of our reliance on coal-fired power on our air, water, climate and communities.

Radio Stations may download the program here.



High Plains News produces grassroots commentaries on Western issues from a community perspective. Listen to recent commentaries.

New rules would level the playing field for independent ranchers, by Holly Waddell , member of the Dakota Rural Action from Shadehill, South Dakota.

Local foods bring choice and control to consumers, by Carol LeResche, member of the Powder River Basin Resource Council and grower of heirloom vegetables for local markets at her farm in Clearmont, Wyoming.

It's time to embrace a clean energy future, by Gretchen Nicholoff, President of the Western Colorado Congress, an alliance for community action based in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Toxic Soup and Weak Spines: A Public Health Disaster in the Making,
by Peggy Utesch, a writer, graphic designer, and citizen activist who lost her health to chemical exposure from natural gas drilling.

Invest in community wind and rural communities, by Randy Joseph, member of the Oregon Rural Action and developer of a community wind farm near Baker City, Oregon.

Who’s your farmer?, by Audrey Malan, member of the Powder River Basin Resource Council living in Dayton, Wyoming.

A fix for a broken trade policy, by Robin Bagley, an English language learner tutor in Custer, South Dakota, and member of Dakota Rural Action.

Sustainable biodiesel production goes hand in hand with cattle ranching, by Jeanne Charter, who ranches north of Billings, Montana, and is a member of the Northern Plains Resource Council.

From 1990 to 2001, High Plains News produced weekly radio stories on Western issues from a community perspective. The news service also produced 30-minute through 2003.

Below is a sampling of High Plains News productions.

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Award Winning 30 minute special
Western Stampede: The Rush For Coalbed Methane. (15.2 MB)
Americans are hearing about the need to get our energy from home. Much of that energy, in the form of coalbed methane, will come from our Western lands. Can the quest for energy coexist with the wild wide-open spaces, and rural communities that define the West? Producer Eric Whitney takes you to the new energy battlegrounds, where you'll meet developers, cowboys, conservationists, and get the news you need to decide if the new energy promise is worth the price.



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