Items by Elizabeth Shogren

Trump’s BLM clears a hurdle for controversial Cadiz project
Trump’s BLM clears a hurdle for controversial Cadiz project
The Mojave Desert project moves forward without typical environmental review.
One race may tip Washington’s state Senate from red to blue
One race may tip Washington’s state Senate from red to blue
Campaign donations are flowing at record pace for a state Senate seat in the high-tech suburbs of Seattle.
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
What drove an Interior whistleblower to dissent?
Climate change official Joel Clement was one of the few current staffers to speak out.
Western governors take the lead on climate change
Western governors take the lead on climate change
New alliance highlights states’ progress despite President Donald Trump’s rollbacks.
Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning
Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning
The policy ignores major drivers of Western fire: weather and climate change.
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
The senator bucks his party on climate change, after years of silence.
Trump administration erodes environmental protections
Trump administration erodes environmental protections
The courts have slowed some rollbacks but many have moved ahead.
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount
In exchange, the state asks a coal mine to trap its gas—but the BLM won’t require it.
States restrict chinook fisheries
States restrict chinook fisheries
Extreme climate conditions over recent years pummeled the king of Western salmon.
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
Solar advocates win a surprising victory in Nevada.
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
And seniors are rushing to get one before they’re gone.
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Unusually hot desert nights contributed to what may well be a new planet record.
Legal scholars dispute whether monuments are permanent
Legal scholars dispute whether monuments are permanent
Courts likely will decide the fate of designations threatened by Trump’s review.
Drilling threatens Dinosaur National Monument — again
Drilling threatens Dinosaur National Monument — again
Old public-lands battles are rekindled as Interior prioritizes oil and gas.
Democrats can’t block even controversial judicial nominees
Democrats can’t block even controversial judicial nominees
Trump has an opportunity to reshape the judiciary branch for a generation.
Court rejects temporary block to the methane rule
Court rejects temporary block to the methane rule
The ruling snarls Trump’s directive to rollback environmental regulations.
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Public pressure prompts reversal of unfriendly solar policies.
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Worries about science censorship drove her from her post at the Energy Department.
Conflicts dog Trump’s deputy Interior secretary nominee
Conflicts dog Trump’s deputy Interior secretary nominee
David Bernhardt’s law firm stands to benefit from a project he would oversee.
Latest: Zinke releases ATV plans for Recapture Canyon area
Latest: Zinke releases ATV plans for Recapture Canyon area
The Interior Secretary wants to prioritize public-land access.
Trump’s administration blocks drilling near a national park
Trump’s administration blocks drilling near a national park
The president’s commitment to oil and gas development gets tested.
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Should courts defer to the expertise of agencies?
Our new Supreme Court justice doesn’t think so.
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
As other agencies prepare for a long haul, Ryan Zinke has an immediate impact.
Why the West will continue to green even as Trump rolls back climate policy
Why the West will continue to green even as Trump rolls back climate policy
Even without the Clean Power Plan, the region is poised for more renewable energy and less coal.
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural West may have helped elect Trump, but his vision leaves them behind.
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
Why the state’s utility commission is recruiting EPA, Energy employees.
Southwestern utilities back down from rooftop solar fight
Southwestern utilities back down from rooftop solar fight
Public support for rooftop solar has led to more moderate positions.
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
A bipartisan group couldn’t get what they wanted from the old EPA.
What the new EPA chief’s emails mean for the West
What the new EPA chief’s emails mean for the West
The court-released exchanges show Scott Pruitt’s cozy relationship with oil and gas could impact energy development.
Obama rules repeal push meets resistance and an overbooked schedule
Obama rules repeal push meets resistance and an overbooked schedule
Groups hope the delay gives them time to save the BLM’s methane rule.