David Helvarg

David Helvarg is an author and president of the Blue Frontier Campaign, a marine conservation group. His last book, Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes has just been released in paperback. His new book is Saved by the Sea: A Love Story with Fish.

Wise Guys

An excerpt from The War Against the Greens takes a hard look at the Wise Use movement

In 1988, the Wise Use movement was founded out of fear that George Bush Sr. was going to live up to his campaign pledge to be "the environmental president." This cabal of anti-environmental activists, organized by federally subsidized industries dependent on public lands, issued a natal document, the Wise Use Agenda. It called for, among other things: drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, logging Alaska's Tongass National Forest, opening wilderness to energy development, gutting the Endangered Species Act, and privatizing national parks. Today, the reactionary Wise Use Agenda has become the environmental policy of the administration of George Bush Jr.

Is the U.S. prepared for a major oil spill in its waters?

In the wake of November’s massive oil spill off the coast of Spain that continues to despoil hundreds of miles of undeveloped shoreline, disrupt vast fisheries, and jeopardize the livelihoods of the people who depend on them, the European Union has begun to crack down on old, poorly maintained, single-hulled tankers like the sunken “Prestige.” Meanwhile, what is the U.S. doing to protect its waters? A volunteer holds an oil-soaked bird on the Spanish coast. Photo: Greenpeace Spain. The U.S. Coast Guard claims that ships like the “Prestige” would probably not even be allowed to operate in American waters — …

Everything's changed, including zero-down financing

Hey fellow Americans, now that bio-terrorism, federalized airport security, and military star-chambers are becoming a reality, what do you plan to do? Me, I’m going to Disneyland. Okay, maybe not Disneyland, but I have been to New York, Montana, and Oregon recently — and by plane. I’m also thinking about buying a new computer. I just don’t think that makes me a patriot. Which is why I wish the White House, Congress, and the media would stop flacking for the financial sector in the name of patriotism. In peace or in war, the real solution to overcapacity is not maxing …