THE NEW WEST AND THE POLITICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

THE NEW WEST AND THE POLITICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

2020 (USA) 90 minutes
Directed by: Jon Christensen
Produced by: Matthew Crotty
Featuring: Harry Reid

As a Congressman and Senator, Harry Reid created Nevada’s first national park and protected more than 4 million acres of wilderness. He brokered historic pacts to end water wars on the Truckee and Carson Rivers that reframed water in the West, as well as set in place new agreements at Lake Tahoe and other signal public lands and water deals. He also sparked a renewable energy revolution in the Southwest. Reid has been the architect of a Western strategy built on a pragmatic approach to environmental politics that was about getting things done across the aisle. While focusing on his passionate connection to the environment in a state not known as a bastion of green thinking, let alone politics, the documentary points the way forward for a pragmatic environmental politics in the American West.

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