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This past week, Public Broadcasting’s Nature film series featured the Sagebrush Sea.  The film’s main focus was on the Greater Sage Grouse which is the emblematic creature found in this vast landscape that covers the bulk of many western states including substantial parts of New Mexico Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, California, Montana and Idaho.


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New Democrats clear away over 40 years of Conservative rule-

Alberta has never really elected a clearly left wing party, but did so yesterday with a vengeance.  Populist yes in the past, e.g, the Social Credit Party, but not a left-wing party.

Voters gave the left wing New Democrats (NDP) a large parliamentary majority (53 […]

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Second rupture under Yellowstone River in four years makes Keystone look more ominous-

There has been a massive rupture of the Poplar oil pipeline under the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. This is about a hundred miles upstream from the North Dakota border and the Yellowstone’s confluence with the Missouri River.

The pipeline lay buried […]

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First priority for new Congress is Keystone pipeline. Why?

Here in Pocatello, Idaho, today gas prices fell to $1.99 a gallon. They have been dropping for over a hundred days in a row. In January a year ago, prices were over $3.75 a gallon.

Meanwhile, the new Republican congress is about to get underway. Their […]

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Will the new, low petroleum prices cut the legs off tar sands and oil shale?

Almost every American now sees that the price of oil has plummeted. Driving by a gas station makes seeing it easy. Gasoline is below $3 a gallon, often well below. In fact crude oil prices are down by 40% since […]

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Utah State Government shows its true colors on public lands-

A month ago 20 protesters made a camp near PR Springs, high (8000 feet) on the Tavaput Plateau in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah.

This is oil shale country
For almost a century developers have been trying to figure how to extract the […]

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This morning I came across an editorial in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that was obviously written by someone who knows next to nothing about sage grouse.  As most of you know, editorials are articles written by the news editors of their respective papers that express the opinion of the newspaper.  They are often unsigned. […]

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What do you do when transport company is breaking federal law with state protection to haul giant machinery through Idaho to tar sands hell?

It seems as though the Idaho and Montana state governments are […]

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Tribal leaders shoved aside by police leading the megaloads upriver-

It was thought the megaloads issue on U.S Highway 12 across north central Idaho was finally settled by Federal Judge Lynn Winmill. Early this year he wrote a decision that the U.S. […]

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Orofino, Idaho. The Clearwater National Forest has denied  the use of U.S. Highway 12 along the famed Lochsa River for the transport of megaloads bound for what some call the “tar sands hell” of south central Alberta.

While the bulk of this battle was successfully fought […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey