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    Republicans launch counteroffensive

    Environmentalists are reeling from the Bush administration's rollbacks of many of Clinton's laws and policies affecting water quality, mining, endangered salmon and national forests.

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    The environmental movement is a-muddle

    Conservation organizations and activists are suddenly feeling lost and lonely in Washington, D.C., in the new, anti-environmental world of George W. Bush and friends.

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    Republicans undermine a bedrock environmental law

    Gayla Benefield of Libby, Mont., is among many fighting to keep the Montana Environmental Policy Act intact in the face of Republican attempts to weaken the far-reaching and powerful law.

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    The power of love, and its opposite

    Activists should be worried because President George W. Bush is surrounded by people who scorn and disdain environmentalism.

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    Bush hits the brakes

    Right after taking office, Pres. Bush put a freeze on Clinton's last new regulations -- the USFS's roadless plan, Mexican owl critical habitat, and other environmental rules -- giving the new administration time to review and maybe overturn them.

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    Weirdness abounds in Washington

    His choices of Gale Norton for Interior Secretary and John Ashcroft for Attorney General show that George W. Bush has already abandoned bipartisanship.

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    Coloradan tapped for Interior

    President-elect George W. Bush has nominated former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton to head the Interior Department, and some environmentalists are worried about her ties to industry.

  • News

    Voters pummel planning, ban new elk farms

    Among the Western election results highlighted are the failure of anti-sprawl initiatives in Colorado and Arizona, a ban on game farms in Montana, and legislative races in Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.

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    A 'most improbable scenerio' has come to pass

    HCN's political columnist considers the recent, weird and not-quite-finished election, and suggests that if George Bush turns out to be the winner, he will have to govern from the middle, which could prove good news for the environment.

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    CARA's not quite the girl she used to be

    Despite its tremendous original support, CARA (the Conservation and Resource Act of 1999) has come through Congress much changed and reduced.

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    On the trail

    Ariz. polls show anti-sprawl initiative losing; in Wash., anti-tax business Tim Eyman has 2 new initiatives on ballot after measure last year ruled unconstitutional; OR Voters Guide 376 pp. long; Sen. Slade Gorton, says media hurts re-election chances.

  • Essays

    Third-party votes count for plenty

    The writer defends the history of third parties and the reasons to vote for them.

  • Related Stories

    'A choice between bad and worse is not good enough'

    HCN's Michelle Nijhuis interviews Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader on Western environmental issues and the upcoming election.

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    Nader shakes up Western enviros

    Green Party candidate Ralph Nader has split Western environmentalists, who are torn between supporting a man many admire as a hero, and voting for Democratic candidate Al Gore, who also has environmental credentials and perhaps a chance at winning.

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    In presidential politics, the West has a bad hand

    A longtime political observer explains how it is that a huge region like the West has a rather minimal influence on national presidential elections.

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