Magazine January 24, 2011, Issue

Endangered? Specious

Dead and dying trees due to a spruce beetle epidemic in southeastern Wyoming, July 21, 2009 (U.S. Forest Service/Reuters)
Of the ‘northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf’ and similar absurdities

Missoula, Mont.

Looking at those walking into the federal courtroom in this university town in western Montana last summer, it was easy to see who was on which side.

Jeans, moustaches, baseball caps and cowboy hats, pistols in side holsters: Here were the ranchers and the hunters. They obligingly checked their firearms with the marshal at the entrance. The others: a collection of capris-wearing, vacant-looking, long-haired individuals, the environmentalists and greens for whom this mountain town is famous. (Ralph Nader won 15 percent of the county in 2000, and Forbes credits Missoula with the highest per capita consumption of illegal drugs in

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Travis Kavulla is director of Energy and Environmental Policy at the R Street Institute. He is a former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners who held elected office as a Montana public service commissioner for eight years. Before that, he was an associate editor for National Review.

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