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

Scientists in Antarctica discover a vast, salty groundwater system under the ice sheet – with implications for sea level rise

Matt Siegfried, assistant professor of geophysics, and Mines Geophysics alum Chloe Gustafson spent 61 days living in tents on an Antarctic ice stream to collect data about the land under half a mile of ice beneath their feet. Here, they explain what ....
May 5, 2022

Here’s how Colorado oil and gas companies say they are getting to net-zero emissions

The old way, or current way, uses thermographic cameras that can see methane. But to capture that, operators rely on either drones, satellites or people driving around trucks with the cameras, said Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute ....
April 20, 2022

Analysis: Musk's tweets fuel mining industry's hopes of a buyout by Tesla

"There's a huge disconnect in this country about metals refining," said Corby Anderson, who teaches metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines. "And yet the public expects the materials to be available to do the things they want."
April 19, 2022

Can oil companies use their extra money to ease pain at the pump? It’s complicated.

Morgan Bazilian, who heads up the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines, said, “I don’t know if that has any precedent at all.”
April 12, 2022

Wooden Skyscrapers are on the Rise

“We need to find a way to make these buildings earthquake-resistant, since it’s a new building type, and nobody’s ever done this before,” says Shiling Pei, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and ....
April 11, 2022