EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small offers lessons in rural politics
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small offers lessons in rural politics
The Democratic congresswoman won a conservative region by talking about concerns all Westerners share.
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Settling with the young activists could be an important tool for climate action.
WiFi, Amazon and food trucks: Trump team’s vision for national parks
WiFi, Amazon and food trucks: Trump team’s vision for national parks
As they open parks for businesses, advisers propose cutting seniors 50% discounts during peak seasons.
How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
Lessons from southwest Colorado’s Hermosa Creek.
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.
No relief from fracking industry on Colorado’s Front Range
No relief from fracking industry on Colorado’s Front Range
Advocates hope new laws will bring changes, but they aren’t seeing much yet.
Ancestral remains to be returned to Navajo and Hopi nations
Ancestral remains to be returned to Navajo and Hopi nations
Finland will repatriate more than 600 items to 26 tribes.
How BLM employees really feel about moving West
How BLM employees really feel about moving West
Leaked audio from a recent agency meeting is filled with fumbles by leadership, disapproving rumbles and derisive laughter from staff.
Packing heat; a ministeroni; wipes frenzy
Packing heat; a ministeroni; wipes frenzy
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
On the ground, one teen deploys pollution monitors to make his community safer.
These are your state’s gun laws
These are your state’s gun laws
In the wake of mass killings, a state-by-state look at Western gun policy.
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Aurelia Skipwith has ties to water interests fighting endangered species protection and worked for ag giant Monsanto.
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Judge orders industries to pay royalties for public land extraction
Tens of millions more dollars will flow into Western communities after a federal court throws out the Trump administration’s industry-friendly deal.
How the Trump administration is silencing science
How the Trump administration is silencing science
Six ex-government scientists explain how they were made to bury climate science and why they decided to blow the whistle.
Trump’s trade war is draining profits for Montana wheat farmers
Trump’s trade war is draining profits for Montana wheat farmers
Today’s agricultural producers battle both environmental threats and geopolitical conflict.
Since the 1870s, the West has led the way for women in politics
Since the 1870s, the West has led the way for women in politics
Though racist policies persist, the West has a distinctive heritage of expanding voting rights for women.
Dozens of former BLM officials denounce moving headquarters out of D.C.
Dozens of former BLM officials denounce moving headquarters out of D.C.
‘You’re setting up the BLM for failure.’
Methane emissions advance climate change and Trump’s regulatory rollback matters
Methane emissions advance climate change and Trump’s regulatory rollback matters
Energy scholars explain what rescinding methane regulations will mean for the climate and industry.
Celebrating the birth of the Wilderness Act
Celebrating the birth of the Wilderness Act
High Country News coverage of the evolution of wilderness since 1970.
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