EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
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.
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
Researchers and citizens are rushing to back-up government data on climate change and other issues, fearing political interference.
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.
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.
Water hustle
Water hustle
Did one of Nevada’s top water regulators try to cash in on the drought?
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.
Latest: Senators aim to revive rural funding
Latest: Senators aim to revive rural funding
In the meantime, states tighten their belts.
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.
Make America sane again: Impeach Trump
Make America sane again: Impeach Trump
An argument for getting Donald Trump out of the White House.
Army Corps drops further DAPL environmental review
Army Corps drops further DAPL environmental review
The reversal was expected following Trump’s executive order.
Fairy tales about the West are fueling public lands conflict
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.
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.
Timeline: The BLM vs. Cliven Bundy
Timeline: The BLM vs. Cliven Bundy
A detailed history of the conflict, starting in 1953.
An update on Nevada scofflaw Cliven Bundy
An update on Nevada scofflaw Cliven Bundy
The rancher still has influence in some circles, and has seen zero repercussions for trespass cattle and unpaid fees.