That classic American narrative is back big time, only the Indians are now the good guys and the cowboys are on a warpath, trying to grab 640 million acres of public lands that they can plunder as if it were yesteryear.
The great novelist Wallace Stegner sorted the conflicting impulses in his beloved American West into two camps: the “boomers” and the “nesters.” The modern version of the nesters are conservationists who try to partner with the ecosystems where they live. They understand that you cannot steer and control nature, but you might be able to dance with it.
There were plenty of signs we took a wrong turn but we kept on going. Dumb, stubborn, blind: Who knows why we couldn’t stop? Greed maybe -- powerful corporations we couldn’t overcome. It won’t matter much to you who is to blame. You’ll be too busy coping in the diminished world we bequeath you.