At the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the renegade wizard Saruman has been hanging out among the hobbits while the big adventure of undoing Sauron goes on at the center of the action. He spends his time doing mean-spirited damage to the environment, cutting down all the trees and generally wrecking the landscape, until he’s driven out. I keep thinking about that episode as stories like this pop up; pointless evil and mischief as the clock runs out on an administration whose hangers-on and enablers are incapable of seeing anything green that isn’t printed on the back of money. Isn’t this the perfect monument to this gang of verbrechers; devastated landscape as far as the eye can see, the most greenhousy, toxic fuel burned as fast as we can dig it up, complete abandonment of the Republican conservation legacy, and adoption of the environmental policies of communist regimes from Poland to China. What more damage will they do before we finally run them out of town?