Michael Behar Behar wrote a storyline investigation on renewable energy in “Red America,” Kern County, CA, for the NRDC’s OnEarth magazine. “What Kern did was memorize the California Environmental Quality Act,” Behar says. “They’re really good at navigating it, and when a developer comes in, they guide them through the process. [Dealing with counties] is never smooth, but they’ve turned the tables around.”