EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Fires sweep the Southwest
Fires sweep the Southwest
In an unseasonably hot and dry West, an intense fire season takes shape.
What the anti-Shariah rallies point to
What the anti-Shariah rallies point to
Islamophobia and Trumpism are bringing disparate right-wing groups together.
Zinke: Trump is ‘greatest boss in the world’
Zinke: Trump is ‘greatest boss in the world’
The Interior Secretary defended proposed budget cuts to Park Service, and more.
5 things to read about the Yellowstone grizzly delisting
5 things to read about the Yellowstone grizzly delisting
Trump’s Interior Department has announced the bear will no longer receive endangered species protection.
New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers
New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers
Republicans unveil Senate version of health care bill.
In budget hearings, a pathway to a leaner Interior
In budget hearings, a pathway to a leaner Interior
Zinke hints at more boots on the ground and fewer lawyers in Department shakeup.
Tribal nations fight removal of grizzly protections
Tribal nations fight removal of grizzly protections
Leaders worry delisting could invite energy exploration in historic areas.
Let the floodgates of protest open over Bears Ears
Let the floodgates of protest open over Bears Ears
96 percent of public comments defend national monuments.
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Nevada governor signs law to revive rooftop solar industry
Public pressure prompts reversal of unfriendly solar policies.
Eight lawmakers whose bills attack public lands
Eight lawmakers whose bills attack public lands
Who are the Westerners behind bills meant to weaken federal protections of land?
West Obsessed: Why a blue town voted for Trump
West Obsessed: Why a blue town voted for Trump
The recipe for a political swing: retirees, unpopular candidates, local organizing.
The Trump administration’s false coal stats, explained
The Trump administration’s false coal stats, explained
Enviro chief Scott Pruitt’s coal job numbers aren’t even close to accurate.
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
How a wave of retirees and a changed economic landscape reshaped rural politics.
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Zinke calls for a review of conservation plans.
Hooligan Island; Tree-hoppers in Joshua Tree; Kanye for president?
Hooligan Island; Tree-hoppers in Joshua Tree; Kanye for president?
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Can Zinke shrink Bears Ears?
Can Zinke shrink Bears Ears?
The Interior Secretary hints at a smaller, scattered national monument.
Trump is dangerously beyond climate denial
Trump is dangerously beyond climate denial
He and his administration are dismantling the tools for studying climate change.
Isn’t it time to bury the hatchet?
Isn’t it time to bury the hatchet?
Tired of the rhetorical arguments that pass as conversation these days, the author proposes it’s time to take a blockhead to lunch – and listen to what he has to say
The Interior Department orders a review of sage grouse plans
The Interior Department orders a review of sage grouse plans
Some Western governors warn against an overhaul of the sweeping 2015 efforts.
Can Wyoming learn from Utah’s public-land mistakes?
Can Wyoming learn from Utah’s public-land mistakes?
If the initiative is successful, it could be a model for other states.