Forrest Wilder

Forrest Wilder
Forrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, is associate editor of the Observer. Forrest specializes in environmental reporting and runs the “Forrest for the Trees” blog. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and numerous NPR stations. His work has been mentioned by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time magazine and many other state and national publications. Other than filing voluminous open records requests, Forrest enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening and beer-league softball. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • WTF Friday: Playing Cowboys and Illegal Aliens

    Rick Perry, Steve Toth and the tea party want to know, What part of Ill-Eagle didn't these Central American kids understand? Full Story

  • Rick Perry at a press conference in Weslaco

    Rick Perry on Child Refugees: Deport ‘Em All

    Rick Perry has a plan for the thousands of refugee children streaming across the border from Mexico and Central America: Deport them at once. At a congressional hearing in McAllen, the governor did his best to sound compassionate while calling on Congress and President Obama to further militarize the border and enact mass deportations of children despite laws protecting refugees. Full Story

  • Rick Perry at a press conference in Weslaco

    Rick Perry and Wendy Davis’ Bad Ideas for Solving the Refugee Crisis

    Beneath the compassion expressed by Texas’ top elected leaders for the Central American kids pouring over the border lurk some untenable and inhumane proposals. Full Story

  • Texas GOP Convention 2014

    WTF Friday: The. Texas. Republican. Party. Platform.

    For connoisseurs of WTF—I’m looking at you trolls—there is but one ur-text, the guiding document by which all others emanate from, and are compared to. And though it is based on immutable laws of nature and God, it is nevertheless a living document too, revised every couple years by a gathering of wise men and women, who puzzle and debate over the text with the passion and intensity of a gathering of Talmudic scholars. I am of course referring to the Texas Republican Party platform. Full Story

  • WA Parish coal plant

    Obama EPA Proposes Major Cuts to Carbon Pollution

    Although the EPA's Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants goes to great lengths to describe the flexibility and generous timeline granted to the states, Texas industry and political leaders are unlikely to play nice. When it comes to the Obama EPA and Texas, nothing is easy. Full Story