Stories by Jacques Leslie

Jacques Leslie’s book, Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. He writes frequently for The New York Times’ opinion pages and The New Yorker online.  subscribe to Jacques Leslie's feed

Posted on: Mar 19, 2016, Source: Sierra Club

The unwarranted dismissal of Charles Lester, the respected head of the California Coastal Commission, was simply about money and power.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2015, Source: Yale Environment 360

A Nebraska court and Congress may be all for it, but economics might sink the proposed pipeline.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013, Source: Yale Environment 360

Crude oil from the Alberta tar sands and western U.S. oil fields is increasingly being hauled by railroad. Critics warn that this development poses a threat to the environment and public safety.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We failed to heed the advice of one of the most important reports. Now, dams being built follow no social or environmental standards at all, not even the World Bank's modest ones.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2010, Source: Earth Island Institute

Only a few years ago, the Klamath embodied a failure to resolve natural resources disputes; now, it stands as an example of how to step past confrontation and negotiate.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The battle over dams is at the core of worldwide conflicts involving water scarcity, environmental degradation, globalization, social justice, and the growing gap between rich and poor.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The World Bank recognizes the countless social and environmental problems caused by dams, but won't let them get in the way of building more and more dams.