Politics

How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How Zinke’s lead bullet ruling fails the West
How toxic lead fragments follow wildlife from wilderness onto our dinner plates.
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
As threats intensify, sportsmen emerge as a persuasive voice.
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.
Climate scientists fear harassment, threats
Climate scientists fear harassment, threats
Researchers fear attacks from a range of powerful foes in the coming years – and for many, it has long been happening.
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.
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
In latest skirmish of land wars, Congress supports mining and ranching.
Sportsmen take aim at law enforcement bill
Sportsmen take aim at law enforcement bill
They see HR 622 as a complex and serious threat to public lands.
Harry Reid exits the ring
Harry Reid exits the ring
In an era of political gridlock, Congress loses a leader who got things done for the West.
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
CIRES head Waleed Abdalati answers our questions, the first in an occasional series.
Why desalination alone won’t water the West
Why desalination alone won’t water the West
Regardless of supposed Trump backing, the process is complicated and expensive.
When the power of protest works
When the power of protest works
Organized dissent helped kill Rep. Chaffetz’s public-lands transfer bill.
ICE raids confirm worst fears of young immigrants
ICE raids confirm worst fears of young immigrants
Immigration sweeps are having a chilling effect on Dreamers, key leaders in the California resistance.
Latest: Senators aim to revive rural funding
Latest: Senators aim to revive rural funding
In the meantime, states tighten their belts.
Make America sane again: Impeach Trump
Make America sane again: Impeach Trump
An argument for getting Donald Trump out of the White House.
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Utah’s delegation tries to roll back protections, riling a conservation-minded outdoors cohort.
Where wildlife is up against the wall
Where wildlife is up against the wall
Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would devastate migrating animals.
Army Corps drops further DAPL environmental review
Army Corps drops further DAPL environmental review
The reversal was expected following Trump’s executive order.
Does the Constitution hold the key to climate action?
Does the Constitution hold the key to climate action?
How a group of young climate plaintiffs are making their case.
In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory
In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory
Grassroots efforts to fight land transfer bills have succeeded — for now.
The climate fight isn’t just about facts
The climate fight isn’t just about facts
We should be talking about values and the kind of world we want.
What will President Trump’s attack on government regulations do?
What will President Trump’s attack on government regulations do?
Trump orders agencies to kill two rules for every one they issue.
The arguments for keeping methane regs
The arguments for keeping methane regs
‘Tailings wars’ of the past provide perspective on today’s flaring rules.
Five ways Indian Country can challenge Trump’s policies
Five ways Indian Country can challenge Trump’s policies
Practical pointers for resistance.