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The Rocks That Burn: Is Oil Shale the Answer?—Part I

The day is old in the Rangely Oil Field in northwestern Colorado. I’ve paused in my southbound trip to take a gander at this historic field, one of the largest in the state. Intricate pipelines funnel water and carbon dioxide to the source rock far below.

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One caller wondered why he should be required to join MMAC, asked why MMAC was not a non-profit, and compared it to some kind of extortion attempt. If he had questions like these, I assume there are others with similar questions and I will address them here.

NMFS Official Admits Bogus ESA Analyses


In its typical ham-handed approach to limiting government power, Congress specified that “critical habitat shall not include the entire geographical area which can be occupied by the threatened or endangered species”...

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Melman on Gold & Silver


What a start to the year! In just the first two weeks of 2008, we saw the price of gold explode to the highest levels in history at $900 per ounce, Crude Oil reach $100 per barrel, some of the world’s largest financial institutions collapse in market value, unrest spread in Pakistan following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the worst jobs report from the Department of Labor in at least two years and the continued erosion of residential real estate values.

Critical Metals: Lithium


Prospecting for lithium deposits can take a number of different directions, because this metal can be extracted from a variety of geologically differnet sources.

Melman on Gold & Silver


If the government can totally ignore the reality of exceeding the national debt limit, we can only wonder what all the current fuss relating to extending that limit is all about.

Selling Your Gold—Where To Start


I don’t know of any miner or prospector who really wants to sell their gold. But the income might be needed to keep the mine going, buy new equipment, take a vacation or put food on the table. Whatever the reason, where does a person start?

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