Over the last century, cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas transformed the American West by building coal plants, hydropower dams and nuclear reactors to fuel their stunning growth. Now those cities are on the verge of doing it again, only this time with solar and wind farms, long-distance power lines and open-pit lithium mines.

Clean energy projects are badly needed to fight climate change — but they can fuel intense opposition in the communities where they’re built. We’re spotlighting examples of that tension across the West, with an eye toward finding solutions.

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Carbon County, Wyoming

the biggest wind farm

August 23, 2022
A landscape photo of a large wind turbine. In the backdrop a sprawling wind under a large cloudy sky

The billionaire owner of the Coachella music festival is building a stunningly large wind farm in Wyoming — and a 700-mile power line to carry the electricity to Southern California. Read the story

Down the Road

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Imperial Valley, California

A Farming Empire

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Las Vegas Valley, Nevada

Solar Sprawl

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Idaho

Red State Goes Green

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Washington + Oregon

A River Road Trip

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Navajo Nation

Climate Justice