Items by Judith Lewis Mernit
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to please everyone, but even his renewable energy proposals rely on finding more natural gas than may exist.
An Idaho couple are getting a lot of sympathy because the EPA has halted construction of their planned home on a wetland, but if the agency would be more open with the facts, it would come out looking better.
The plight of a small water and sewer association in rural Mora, N.M -- caught in a tangle of federal and state clean water rules it can’t afford to meet -- echoes experienced by other rural communities around the West.
The Obama administration makes it harder for its environmental message to be heard when it sets up roadblocks to information and blocks media access.
The Forest Service finally assesses the impacts of fire retardant chemicals, but never answers the question of how useful they really are.
California Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee questions the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the safety of the state’s nuclear plants.
Environmentalists like the tone of the Forest Service's new draft planning rule, but worry about how - and if - it will be enforced on the ground.
A closer look at Obama's impact on federal judges, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Energy Department and the Forest Service, as well as his administration's approach to science and secrecy.
Not everybody is happy, but the Obama administration is making slow but steady progress in dealing with the West's environmental issues.