High Country News June 15, 2009
Can 'hamster power' -- distributed generation and small-scale renewable energy projects -- save the West, and the world?
Utility brings solar power to far-flung Navajos
In Colorado and New Mexico, some rural electric cooperatives are quietly fighting to get more of their power from local and renewable sources.
Vaclav Smil is a historian who exemplifies Vulcan-style logic and skepticism when it comes to easy solutions to energy problems.
Maps, charts and text locate the nation's major renewable energy resources and some big projects on Western public land.
The Sierra Club's Carl Zichella discusses the balancing act involved in finding the best -- and least environmentally sensitive -- places to put big renewable energy projects
High Country News skips an issue; visitors; Ray Ring wins prize; correction.
Writers on the Range
The articles in old American Heritage magazines remind us that life in the West used to be a whole lot harder than it is.
British author Brian Schofield pulls no punches in his account of a tragic episode in American history, Selling Your Father’s Bones: America’s 140-year War Against the Nez Perce Tribe.
The unexpected loveliness of the song of the varied thrush reminds the author that the birds are on the move, driven by climate change.
Two Weeks in the West
Are wind-turbine-fighting environmentalists re-enacting Don Quixote's crusade against windmills -- while ignoring the real monster of climate change?