Analysis

Interior devotes billions to plugging old oil wells. Is it enough?
Interior devotes billions to plugging old oil wells. Is it enough?
The agency under-counted abandoned wells by more than half, which means the effort covers only a fraction of the cost.
Biden’s ‘herky-jerky’ first year on Western issues
Biden’s ‘herky-jerky’ first year on Western issues
The new president sacrificed bold executive action to try to win over Congress.
How do you make a movie about a hyperobject?
How do you make a movie about a hyperobject?
The film ‘Don’t Look Up’ turns climate change into an allegorical comet.
Salmon need better infrastructure, too
Salmon need better infrastructure, too
Aging culverts block salmon migration between freshwater streams and the Pacific Ocean.
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
The nearly 150-year old law allows mining companies to extract resources like copper and lithium royalty-free.
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The act is the New Deal redux, with a splash of ecosystem restoration.
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
The plan has lofty ambitions, but what’s happening on the ground tells a different story of how it might play out.
Will history repeat in a dry Klamath Basin this summer?
Will history repeat in a dry Klamath Basin this summer?
This year’s drought is worse than in 2001, when political and environmental tensions exploded into the national spotlight.
A parched West heads into fire season
A parched West heads into fire season
Several types of drought are converging, and all are at or near record levels.
Public land is no longer on sale to oil and gas companies
Public land is no longer on sale to oil and gas companies
President Biden’s leasing pause signals a major shift in federal land policy.
Pikas are adapting to climate change
Pikas are adapting to climate change
The resilient species is altering its behaviors in response to changing conditions.
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
History and the growing power of right-wing extremism point to a volatile future for the West during the Biden presidency.
Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years
Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years
From legal decisions to on-the-ground policies, Indigenous lawyers describe the administration’s tactics as an “onslaught” removing federal protections of land and wildlife.
Federal boots on city streets
Federal boots on city streets
With Congress gridlocked and courts restrained, public opinion confronts authoritarian tactics.
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’
Is a big win for conservation a blow to climate action?
Is a big win for conservation a blow to climate action?
As extinction and climate crises loom, the Great American Outdoors Act and recreation industry continue to rely on oil money.
Western police are geared up for war
Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy?
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
Coronavirus takes a heavy economic toll on rural hospitals
A sudden drop in revenue shows how thin margins threaten small town hospitals.
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe makes the disease more threatening.
How the U.S. immigration system has grown increasingly cruel
How the U.S. immigration system has grown increasingly cruel
The nation’s migration deterrence policy shapes the way immigrants are seen and treated.
How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
While experts say the president’s response has contributed to the crisis, the public health care system suffers from decades of underfunding.
Untangling the global oil market
Untangling the global oil market
The U.S. is a net exporter of petroleum, so why isn’t it energy independent?
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
Western states widely support refugee resettlement
The president’s executive order meant to limit resettlement, but the West is opting for more.
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