Map showing points of foreign investment in the American West. View interactive map »
By Jon Christensen
We live in a global West. Even the most remote rural areas of the American West are plugged into the global economy. This has long been true. And it is even more so today. The connections between the local and the global run from the simple and straightforward to the complicated.
By Jonathan Thompson, High Country News
China's insatiable energy appetite is fueling a natural resource boom in the West.
By Robert Jackman
Foreign direct investment in fossil fuel production occurs at a much lower rate than foreign direct investment in the American economy in general. Most of that investment comes from companies based in Europe, Canada, and Australia — and not from Asia — continuing a historical pattern.
By Geoff McGhee, Rio Akasaka and Jonathan Thompson
International influence in the West's natural resource sectors is nothing new. But in recent years, the influence from Asia and former Communist bloc countries has risen substantially.
Last modified Mon, 25 Jul, 2011 at 16:18