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What a mess

December 22, 2008

High Country News examines the Bush administration's effects on the Western environment and considers what can be done to heal the damage.

Editor's Note

The Bush legacy: It's not all bad
This special issue takes a close look at the Bush administration's environmental policies and considers what can be done to repair the damage.

Uncommon Westerners

John Daniel: A good animal, too
John Daniel: A good animal, too
The unlikely path to becoming an environmental writer, memoirist and poet.

Essays

Change we could believe in
Change we could believe in
How to fix the West by consolidating land agencies and charging people to build in Stupid Zones.
Trashing the earth, and the truth
Hal Herring relates the ugly story of how the Bush administration used its influence to try to kill a story about the impacts of energy development.
For the love of stuff
For the love of stuff
A decision to buy a new car spurs thoughts of a beat-up, rusty old Datsun station wagon.

Book Reviews

Life during wartime
Life during wartime
In his new short story collection, Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy explores the lives of people in rural Oregon during the Iraq War.
Fighting for forests
In Arthur Carhart: Wilderness Prophet, Tom Wolf tells the story of a prophetic Forest Service employee and early environmentalist.

Dear Friends

Fa-la-la-la
The economic downturn is keeping travelers at home, but fortunately HCN’s readers are staying in touch.

News

Not so dead on arrival
Thanks to the incompetence of the Bush administration and the tenacity of environmental lawyers, the Roadless Rule has survived for 8 years.
Dodged bullets
Dodged bullets
On several environmental issues, the Bush administration failed to push through its agenda.
Up in smoke
Up in smoke
In the last eight years under Bush, morale – and efficiency – at the Forest Service has plummeted.
The sick and tired West
The EPA under George Bush has put the health of Westerners at risk in order to make life easier for big industry.
Western wish list for Obama
Eleven key Westerners speak with HCN about their hopes and worries for an Obama administration.
As Interior Turns
As Interior Turns
During the last eight years, Bush’s Interior Department has been embroiled in enough corruption, sex and scandal to fuel several soap operas.
(Un)clearing the air
George Bush’s BLM will leave a legacy of air pollution in oil and gas producing states, especially Utah.

Two Weeks in the West

Midnight cowboying
Midnight cowboying
As Bush prepares to leave office, his "midnight regulations" are mostly gifts to big business.

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