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The Wages of Coal

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On December 9, 2018
West Virginia definitely needs to double down on coal: Each morning Tina Coleman turns her faucet, she waits to see what color the water will be when, or if, it flows out. Some days it’s blue or green — earthy tones that could be comforting in a river bed surrounded by trees, instead of filling […]
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Women, Water, and Labor

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On July 25, 2017
In thinking about both labor issues and global development, the connection between women’s work and water supplies must be central. In much of the world, women work incredibly hard hauling water from often distant sources to homes. In the United States, this was the case into the 1940s, at least in rural America (Caro’s The […]

Flint

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On May 8, 2017

Every time you think the Flint water crisis and the response of the state of Michigan couldn’t get any worse, you find out that it can always get worse. Melissa Mays and her family have been thr

Western Water

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On June 21, 2016

I know the law job market is horrible, but I always felt that going into water law in the West was a pretty much limitless market, given the brutal battles between states and between the U.S. and Mexi

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Wisconsin Governance

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On June 4, 2016
Wisconsin will feel the wages of Scott Walker and his legislative cronies for a very long time. Wisconsin’s water quality regulators failed to follow their own policies on enforcement against polluters more than 94 percent of the time over the last decade, the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau said in a report released Friday. From […]

Historicizing Flint

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On February 6, 2016

If you are looking for some good long reads this Saturday, check out this forum on placing the Flint water crisis in historical context, featuring some of our leading environmental historians, as well

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Water Politics

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On January 13, 2016
This is a really outstanding investigation into how California and thus federal water politics work. That agribusiness would create a Latino front group with the message that not delivering more water to the Central Valley would kill Latino jobs is the height of hypocrisy given the horrendous conditions in which those farmers work and live […]

Dam Removal

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On December 5, 2015

I realize that most LGM readers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about western natural resource politics. But these issues are central to understanding the politics of the West, particularly w

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