Oct 29, 2009 — Author Timothy Egan argues in The Big Burn that the forest fire of 1910 — the largest in American history — actually saved the forests, even as its flames charred the trees. It helped rally public support, Egan explains, behind Theodore Roosevelt's push to protect national lands.
Mar 24, 2009 — Congress can pass all the weak environmental legislation it wants. But the real battle is taking place 3,000 miles away in California. The owners of Tejon Ranch, home to all manner of endangered wildlife, want to convert the land into a city of 75,000. Commentator Edward Humes thinks this would be a great time to put some muscle behind that legislation.