Monthly Archives: October 2014

Beauprez and Hickenlooper on Colorado drilling

Colorado gubernatorial candidates Bob Beauprez and John Hickenlooper offered sharply contrasting approaches to the drilling controversy during appearances at the Energy Forum in Westminster. Continue reading

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Eating local but drinking global

The locavore movement has caught on, emphasizing local origins of meat and other food. But when it comes to water, inverse logic seems to prevail at high-end groceres. Has the time come for a locagua movement?
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Small hydro on irrigation canals in Colorado

For a century, there was talk but nothing more of harnessing the power of falling water on the irrigation infrastructure east of Montrose, Colo. Now, two turbines are at work in producing electricity, and tow more are planned. Continue reading

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Farmers Union blesses EPA Clean Water Act definitions

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union articulates why it thinks that proposed revisions to the Clear Water Act definitions will be a good thing for farmers—and everybody else. Of course, not everybody agrees, especially Republicans. Continue reading

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Colorado wind energy’s triumphs and challenges

Wind energy in Colorado has picked up bragging rights in the last decades, and more gains are very possible as a result of the EPA’s Clean Power Plant and technological improvements. But there are challenges, too. Continue reading

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Steamy times ahead in Colorado

Colorado has become hotter overall in the last several decades, and can expect to get at least 2 degrees warmer by mid-century. That makes Denver more like Pueblo. What else does it make? Continue reading

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A Colorado coal town and EPA jitters

About 40 years ago, the town of Craig, located in northwestern Colorado, hitched its wagon to coal. Now, it’s jittery about exactly what that might mean. Continue reading

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Mammoth’s ski industry strategy

Drought in California? Taking the long view, Starwood-financed Mammoth picks up two ski areas to produce a Cali4nia season pass to challenge, at least in Southern California, the Vail Resorts Epic Pass. Continue reading

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Good intentions gone awry on the Colorado River

With Lake Mead rapidly drawing to a time when it can no longer provide the water committed to California, Arizona and Nevada, Brad Udall examines the thinking of politicians and policymakers in authorizing the Central Arizona Project in 1968. Continue reading

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