Items by Jonathan Thompson

Drought, Glen Canyon Dam, climate change and God
Drought, Glen Canyon Dam, climate change and God
Stopping by the dam during a days-long experimental flood, it's clear that even this massive feat of engineering can't fix the arid West.
Tribal casinos don’t like competition
Tribal casinos don’t like competition
The Fort Sill Apache want to build a casino in New Mexico, but established gaming tribes oppose their efforts.
A war for a dollar
A war for a dollar
Arizona's biggest utility goes after solar net metering
Moving on up in the oil patch
Moving on up in the oil patch
Are the West’s energy fields the last bastion of the American Dream?
The Green Tea Party?
The Green Tea Party?
A conservative movement embracing rooftop solar seems to be emerging.
Durango life requires a hefty commute
Durango life requires a hefty commute
This expensive Colorado town could benefit from high-density development.
Is the Rainbow Gathering a natural disaster?
Hot hot weather around the West, forest jihadis, accidental angling, and more
The American West and the Energiewende: Part II
We can have a renewables revolution that's even more robust than Germany's.
The summer of our discontent
How long will it be before tourists simply avoid the West during fire season?
Tribes battle austerity with energy development
As the West burns, Native American leaders convene to plan their energy future.