Items by Jonathan Thompson

Mass shootings are a product of America’s violent culture
Mass shootings are a product of America’s violent culture
The bloodthirsty legacies of settler-colonialism and Western expansion endure today.
Border barrier boondoggle
Border barrier boondoggle
Trump’s promised inexpensive, impregnable wall was anything but.
This year’s deadly avalanche season
This year’s deadly avalanche season
Low snowfall has led to catastrophic conditions around the West.
Put unemployed miners and drillers back to work in restoration
Put unemployed miners and drillers back to work in restoration
There’s economic development in reclaiming coal mines and plugging idled wells.
Coal’s big breakdown
Coal’s big breakdown
A half-century ago, the ‘Big Buildup’ transformed the West; now, it’s all coming to an end.
How the Zoom boom is changing the West
How the Zoom boom is changing the West
Remote workers are flocking to Western towns.
20 signs that the climate crisis has come home to roost
20 signs that the climate crisis has come home to roost
From Alaska to Wyoming, evidence shows the climate is off-kilter in the West.
Biden needs to go beyond a Trump reset
Biden needs to go beyond a Trump reset
The president-elect has an opportunity to rebuild better than before.
When ‘usual  residence’  is a prison
When ‘usual residence’ is a prison
Census method of counting prisoners distorts demographics.
Where people are migrating in, and out of, the West
Where people are migrating in, and out of, the West
While the region continues to grow, migration patterns are in flux.
The job loss epidemic
The job loss epidemic
COVID-19 impacts ripple through every sector of the economy.
Western police are geared up for war
Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy?
Who wins and who loses with these 4 regulatory rollbacks?
Who wins and who loses with these 4 regulatory rollbacks?
Under a pandemic, Trump backslides pollution and wildlife protection standards.
The pandemic is battering oil-state economies
The pandemic is battering oil-state economies
COVID-19 reverberates across the energy world.
As temperatures rise,  Arizona sinks
As temperatures rise, Arizona sinks
Climate change and unregulated wells are depleting the West’s groundwater reserves.
The botched efforts to stop coronavirus and climate change
The botched efforts to stop coronavirus and climate change
Why a decisive societal response is needed.
Untangling the global oil market
Untangling the global oil market
The U.S. is a net exporter of petroleum, so why isn’t it energy independent?
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Three years of rollbacks have taken a toll, without delivering real benefits.
Observe the BLM’s displacement
Observe the BLM’s displacement
Moving land-management HQ out of Washington illustrates the ‘deconstruction of the administrative state.’
Nuclear power is clean – if you ignore all the waste
Nuclear power is clean – if you ignore all the waste
Compare the annual waste produced by a coal-burning power plant and a nuclear generating station.
Wyoming’s coal-fired economy is coming to an end
Wyoming’s coal-fired economy is coming to an end
The state faces a future without an industry that’s been very good to it.
BLM chief’s wild horse fixation distracts from the real threats to public land
BLM chief’s wild horse fixation distracts from the real threats to public land
Species extinction, near-constant wildfire and widespread drought are a few dangers William Perry Pendley might consider instead.
Allowing off-highway vehicles in Utah’s national parks is a mistake
Allowing off-highway vehicles in Utah’s national parks is a mistake
More mechanized traffic in already crowded parks is another Trump administration gift to industry and Utah politicians.
The West moves ever closer to a unified power grid
The West moves ever closer to a unified power grid
A unified grid would allow for easier sharing of wind and solar power.
New Mexico’s economic and energy extraction quagmire
New Mexico’s economic and energy extraction quagmire
‘We’re on a death train, economically.’
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
(Most) of those living in the West have the public lands’ best interest at heart.
Court throws book at BLM over fracking Chaco
Court throws book at BLM over fracking Chaco
The agency failed to consider water use.
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Will the Trump administration boost uranium?
Energy industry lobbying could lead to more mining from Bears Ears to Wyoming.
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
New Mexico’s ‘mini’ Green New Deal, dissected
The Energy Transition Act could be a model for ambitious policies of the future.
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Environmental victories don’t guarantee economic justice
Without a just transition, the Navajo Generating Station closure will have harmful consequences.
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