Barack Obama

Why we need methane rules
Why we need methane rules
I worked in the oil and gas industry. Volunteer emission controls don’t work.
What Obama gave the West
What Obama gave the West
Our 44th president proved to be a true champion who pushed many conservation measures over the finish line.
Was the Bears Ears designation a victory?
Was the Bears Ears designation a victory?
Despite compromise, the controversial monument’s opposition is riled up.
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
How many Westerners does the Affordable Care Act cover?
As Republicans push Obamacare repeal, Montana stands to lose the most.
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
A proposed bill moves to weaken executive power of the Antiquities Act.
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
Obama’s monument designations set a blueprint for diversity and inclusion in federal public lands.
Close the wolf-killer loophole
Close the wolf-killer loophole
For the benefit of all endangered species, hunters should face consequences for killing vulnerable species.
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
Obama created national monuments at Bears Ears and Gold Butte, sites with huge significance to Native Americans.
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
The staff of High Country News discuss the 44th president’s impact on the West’s land, energy and the environment.
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
The designation’s concessions are unlikely to appease ardent opponents.
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
While consensus supporting a designation grew, many Utah politicians argued that the president’s action is an abuse of power.
Looking back on Obama
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
Obama’s efforts to help small-scale ranchers competing against Big Ag were blocked and ultimately fell short.
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
Native American leaders say Obama’s legacy is this: He listened.
Obama’s mixed impact on endangered species
Obama’s mixed impact on endangered species
The administration delisted more species, but ultimately weakened the act itself.
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
Through the years: Here’s what to read on Obama’s presidency
Through the years: Here’s what to read on Obama’s presidency
High Country News stories show how Obama wrangled the West.
What Obama can actually do about Standing Rock
What Obama can actually do about Standing Rock
According to tribal law experts, not much.
Obama’s rush to the end
Obama’s rush to the end
Keeping track of rulemaking, policy decisions and other last actions before the Trump administration’s inauguration.
How an ‘awakened giant’ used its power on Election Day
How an ‘awakened giant’ used its power on Election Day
In the West, Latino voters did turn out—just not the way analysts expected.
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Bears Ears isn’t the only local effort to get Obama to designate protections before he leaves office.
Obama weighs in on the Dakota Access pipeline
Obama weighs in on the Dakota Access pipeline
As protests intensify, U.S. Army Corps may consider ‘ways to reroute.’
The bid for Bears Ears
The bid for Bears Ears
The tribal push for a Bears Ears monument raises thorny questions of homeland and sovereignty.