Andy Kerr

Conservationist, Writer, Analyst, Operative, Agitator, Strategist, Tactitian, Schmoozer, Raconteur

Climate Change

How US Public Lands Can Help Save the Climate and Ourselves

How US Public Lands Can Help Save the Climate and Ourselves

Rather than limiting ourselves to the micro and at the margin, the public lands conservation community must go for the macro and at the core.

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New US Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Exploitation: Costly and Short Lived (Part 2)

New US Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Exploitation: Costly and Short Lived (Part 2)

For economic, environmental, and societal reasons equally applicable to today’s and future generations, the United States should eschew any new offshore oil and gas exploitation and continue its progress toward a fossil fuel–free sustainable energy economy a decade or two earlier than it otherwise would.

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New US Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Exploitation: Costly and Short Lived (Part 1)

New US Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Exploitation: Costly and Short Lived (Part 1)

The Trump administration is proposing to open up vast areas of the United States Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to leasing for oil and gas, far larger than the area made available under the Obama administration.

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US Pacific Northwest Offshore Oil and Gas: A Waste of Time, Ocean and Coast

US Pacific Northwest Offshore Oil and Gas: A Waste of Time, Ocean and Coast

There is an even chance that 0.4 billion barrels of oil and 2.28 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that are technically exploitable might be discovered under the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Oregon and Washington. At 2017 rates of consumption, this amount of oil and gas would fuel the United States for twenty and thirty-one days respectively.

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More Moral Hazard Than Fire Hazard: The Responsibility of Homeowners in the WUI

More Moral Hazard Than Fire Hazard: The Responsibility of Homeowners in the WUI

In the backcountry, fire is wonderful, necessary, and inevitable.... In the frontcountry, fire is awful, unnecessary, and preventable.... The biggest problem with fire occurs where the frontcountry meets the backcountry, the bureaucratically named wildland-urban interface (WUI: “woo-ee”).

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Selling More Heroin to Pay for Methadone: Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Part 2

Selling More Heroin to Pay for Methadone: Oil Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Part 2

As part of the tax bill recently signed into law by President Trump, at the behest Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Congress opened up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. The next battle over drilling the in the refuge is about to commence. For the caribou and nature, each battle must be won or at least a draw. For the forces of darkness, they must only win once.

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