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  • Gold from the Gas Fields

    Energy companies are reaping billions from the West, but few states outside Wyoming are making sure that wealth stays at home and is invested wisely.

  • Montanans close to Yellowstone better wake up

    Montanans close to Yellowstone better wake up

    The oil and gas industry -- and its many environmental side effects -- are coming to Montana's Yellowstone country.

  • The Bush legacy: It's not all bad

    This special issue takes a close look at the Bush administration's environmental policies and considers what can be done to repair the damage.

  • The sick and tired West

    The EPA under George Bush has put the health of Westerners at risk in order to make life easier for big industry.

  • Trashing the earth, and the truth

    Hal Herring relates the ugly story of how the Bush administration used its influence to try to kill a story about the impacts of energy development.

  • Audio: The joy of CX

    Assistant editor Sarah Gilman explains why we should care about categorical exclusions.

  • The names of things and why they matter

    Westerners like knowing the names of local wildflowers, but Julianne Couch says it’s equally important to identify manmade objects in the landscape.

  • Red light, green light

    Red light, green light

    After years of stalemate and fighting, enviros are gaining ground under Obama. Also: Unemployment rates are ranked in the Western states.

  • (Un)clearing the air

    George Bush’s BLM will leave a legacy of air pollution in oil and gas producing states, especially Utah.

  • Drilling the Democrats

    Jonathan Thompson says that Barack Obama -- caught between the threat of global warming and demands for energy independence -- is unlikely to end drilling in the West.

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