• Great news! The oil and gas reforms we’ve been pressing for with the Obama administration have finally appeared. An announcement this week from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his team promises to repair Bush-era practices that allowed sensitive lands to be quickly leased to oil and gas development without proper environmental assessments.

  • Happy 40th Anniversary! Forty years of success is a noteworthy milestone for a marriage or a birthday or even for a law. On Jan. 1, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The act, or NEPA as it is known, was the first major environmental law in the United States. And it was passed with a huge majority of bi-partisan support—quite a feat!

  • Back in an August post I asked the question: “What would a $2.2 billion energy efficiency program look like?” when writing about the nixed Santee Cooper coal plant.

  • 2010 could prove to be another banner year in wilderness protection. With one of the most favorable political climates in years, a multitude of national wildlands and Wilderness designation bills supported by The Wilderness Society could become law.

  • Did you know that you own 623 million acres? Every American has a real estate portfolio that contains the deeds to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and all the other national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and western treasures overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).