Rachel Carson official USF&W photo, c. 1940

Silent Spring Reconsidered


When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announces yet another attack on the environmental laws and that protect us, it’s ironic, bitterly ironic, that the announcements are often made from the ceremonial auditorium on the third floor of EPA headquarters; from the Rachel Carson Room. The Rachel Carson room is just a few feet away from the EPA…

Southern Idaho Dairy, CAFO Operation, Twin Falls, Idaho

Cowboys, CAFOs and Stupid


The image most of us have of Idaho – when you think of Idaho at all – is a cowboy ridin’ the range, herding cattle in the sagebrush.1 Never mind that cattle ranchers today use pickups, 4-wheelers and drones, not horses. But cattle grazing on the range, under the big, western skies, isn’t where the…

Playing Jenga™ with Our Survival


Have you ever played Jenga™? Players take turns removing wooden blocks at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure. You win by being the last person to remove a block without collapsing the tower. You…

Proposed King Cove-Cold By Road

Beware of Zinkes Bearing Gifts


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at first appears to have been stricken with an attack of reasonableness. How else to explain his decision to re-think allowing the Pebble Mine to go forward? But there is less or perhaps more here then meets the eye. To understand why we need to talk about American law…

Bas Relief Detail, Artist and Date Unknown

The Walking Dead: Pebble Mine, Again


Pebble Mine, the proposed gigantic mine in the headwaters of North America’s greatest wild salmon fishery, has shambled back from mineral limbo and threatens the peoples, cultures and wild fish stocks of southwestern Alaska yet again. WC doesn’t intend in this post to explain again what an apocalyptically bad idea Pebble Mine is. Instead, WC…