This study examines how the West has changed, the rising importance of environmental amenities, and the relative role of energy development in the economy of western states.
Energy and the West
Energy Revenue in the Intermountain West
This report examines the extent of energy reserves in the U.S. and on western public lands, and their scale in light of domestic production and consumption trends.
U.S. Energy Needs and the Role of Western Public Lands
This report discusses the supply-side orientation of U.S. energy policy, and reviews existing data that describe available reserves, pricing structures, and patterns of consumption and demand.
Fossil Fuel Extraction as a County Economic Development Strategy: Are Energy-Focusing Counties Benefiting?
This report examines fossil fuel extraction as an economic development strategy for rural Western counties and whether it has benefited counties in the long run.
Potential Impacts of Energy Development in New Mexico, with a Case Study of Otero County
This report analyzes the economic and fiscal contribution of the oil and natural gas industries in New Mexico along with a case study of proposed energy development on Otero Mesa.
Potential Impacts of Energy Development in Montana, with a Case Study of the Powder River Basin
This report focuses on the economic and fiscal contributions of the oil and natural gas industries in Montana, including a case study of the Powder River Basin.
Impacts of Energy Development in Wyoming, with a Case Study of Sweetwater County
This report studies the significance of fossil fuel development in Wyoming, with a case study of the energy-focused county of Sweetwater County.
Impacts of Energy Development in Colorado, with a Case Study of Mesa and Garfield Counties
This report explores the significance of fossil fuel energy development for Colorado with a case study of the implications for the West Slope economy.