EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Where the Clean Power Plan will have the most impact
Where the Clean Power Plan will have the most impact
The federal rule would intensify an existing trend toward clean energy.
How this year’s general election repeats history
How this year’s general election repeats history
The messy 2016 presidential election echoes deeply flawed candidates of the past.
 How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation?
How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation?
Presidential campaigns offer a sneak peek into natural resource policies.
What the Clean Power Plan means for you
What the Clean Power Plan means for you
The U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the federal carbon plan in the coming weeks.
The shadow following Western political races
The shadow following Western political races
Nevada and Arizona attract the most “dark money” this election.
For the Park Service, an uncomfortable birthday
Opening day at the Crow Fair, an accidental Wild West show and a moose miracle
Opening day at the Crow Fair, an accidental Wild West show and a moose miracle
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
New allegations of sexual harassment in Yosemite, Yellowstone
New allegations of sexual harassment in Yosemite, Yellowstone
Once again, Congress grills the National Park Service over the lack of action.
A couple living off-the-grid fought water law — and won
A couple living off-the-grid fought water law — and won
The decision could upend a Colorado rule that goes back 150 years.
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
Washington state implements rule to combat climate change
State Department of Ecology unveils initiative to cap and reduce the carbon pollution.
Tribes win one fight, lose another in pipeline protest
Tribes win one fight, lose another in pipeline protest
The Obama administration intervened in favor of tribes, for now.
West Obsessed: Behind the Malheur occupation
West Obsessed: Behind the Malheur occupation
Our editors discuss the lead-up to the stand-off in Oregon.
Who’s who inside and on the outskirts of the Malheur occupation
Who’s who inside and on the outskirts of the Malheur occupation
Here are the most vocal occupiers, along with a core group of militia members staying in Burns.
Defense bill threatens sage grouse survival
Defense bill threatens sage grouse survival
A sneaky amendment would block protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Is farming a public service?
Is farming a public service?
To build a new generation of farmers, one nonprofit wants states to forgive student loans.
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Patrick Gonzalez walks the walk when it comes to climate action.
Why has the National Park Service gotten whiter?
Why has the National Park Service gotten whiter?
The agency is trying to hire more racially diverse staff — but can’t seem to make headway.
A Hell of an Anniversary
A Hell of an Anniversary
High Country News' founder, Tom Bell, marks our 40th anniversary with a grim prediction: The West -- and the world -- are doomed.
Biking bill is a smokescreen for opening up wilderness
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species triage
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species triage
Buried in petitions to list new species, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposes a system for prioritizing who gets help first.