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George Atiyeh

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On September 16, 2020
One of the great environmentalist heroes of recent decades is George Atiyeh. Nephew of the last Republican governor of Oregon Vic Atiyeh, this former logger bucked the industry and made a life crusade to protect the Opal Creek Wilderness. Much of this seems to have burned in the recent fires. The importance of Opal Creek […]

Trump Fire Policy

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On September 14, 2020

The forest policy side of my life really wants to drown in a bottle of tequila right now, as my home states burns. On climate change and fires, Trump says weighed in on “explosive trees.” Here’s

Oregon Burning

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On September 10, 2020

The fires in the West are so depressing. The specific areas of Oregon that are burning–the McKenzie River valley especially, but also the Opal Creek Wilderness–these are my favorite places

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I continue to reject the idea that environmental issues are somehow different than other social justice issues and that the working class and environmentalism are irreconcilable enemies. That’s because environmental issues are issues of power and justice and thus workers suffer more than the rich and people of color suffer more than whites. That includes […]

Fire

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On September 8, 2017

The reason I am based out of Oregon for the first half of my sabbatical is to work on a new book project on recent Northwest history. But the other reason is that I want to be in Oregon, my home state

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Unfortunately, the terrible fires at Fort McMurray are a foretaste of the feast to come, not only in Canada, but in the United States and no doubt in Russia and Scandinavia as well. Those unusual weather conditions have been widely attributed to El Nino, a naturally-occurring phenomenon linked to warm ocean water that disrupts the […]
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