Fossil Fuel Extraction as a County Economic Development Strategy: Are Energy-Focusing Counties Benefiting?

/ Series: Energy and the West

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.

In this report, we examine the consequences of focusing on fossil fuel extraction as an economic development strategy. Has it benefited counties in the long run? Our analysis compares the performance of the 26 rural counties in the West that concentrate on fossil fuel extraction to a peer group of rural counties across a variety of social and economic indicators.

The Billings Gazette ranan opinion piece on energy-focused counties.