New Kid on the Blog

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My Observer colleague Forrest Wilder has launched a new blog about the environment and energy. He’s calling it Forrest for the Trees.

I know what you’re thinking: Texas Observer, environmental blog….this is going to be a bunch of tree-hugger ranting.

Well, not really. I know for a fact that Forrest drives to work every day in a Hummer H1 with the air conditioning on full blast and the windows rolled down. He spends weekends picking small, fury animals out of his grill.

OK, I’m exaggerating. He’s not really that wasteful: he actually drives his Hummer with the windows rolled up.

But it’s not an exaggeration to say that Forrest brings a unique perspective, years of reporting experience and an affinity for graphs (but in a good way.) So I encourage you to check out his blog.

In one of his first posts, he writes about the oppressive drought we’re enduring in Central and South Texas. Apparently, July was the hottest month in Austin. Ever.

Dave Mann has been with the Observer since 2003. Before that, he worked as a reporter in Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. He was born and raised in Philadelphia. He thinks border collies are the world’s greatest dogs, and believes in the nourishing powers of pickup basketball.