Governor Dunleavy: Ignorance Is Not Bliss


WC’s adopted state, Idaho, is politically a very conservative place. More conservative than Alaska, in most respects. At least until recently. But Idaho’s conservatism isn’t ostrich-head-in-the-sand conservatism. Unlike, say, Alaska. WC is speaking here of the approach to climate change. Governor Dunleavy in February abolished Alaska’s climate change commission. He didn’t explain why he issued…

Nome Sunset; Open Water in Norton Sound in Mid-March; photo © Laurent Dick 2019

Climate Change Gets Real


Laurent Dick, one of Alaska’s best nature photographers, is in Nome, Alaska for the end of the 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. He captured this lovely sunset photo from the beach, not far from the arch marking the end of the Iditarod. What’s astonishing about the photo is that Norton Sound is open. Open water.…

Travis Schumm/ Courtesy The Platte River is set on fire following train derailment.

Why Coal Should Stay in the Ground


Coal is the world’s dirtiest fuel. There are at least four strikes against coal as an energy fuel: It’s messy and damaging to the environment to mine. Whether it is the mountain-destroying techniques in West Virginia, or the strip-mining in Wyoming, coal mining causes great hard to the environment. By definition, the mine site is…