Monthly Archives: August 2015

Swiping after the EPA Animas spill

It was easy to blame the EPA for causing the pollution that turned the Animas River in southwestern Colorado psychedelic. But context matters entirely in this case. And more broadly, the EPA has plenty of successes to its credit. Continue reading

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Negro Bill Canyon stays just that

Moab again debates whether “Negro Bill Canyon” does a disservice to the memory of cattleman William Grandstaff. Some say “Negro” is just a stand-in for an older, racially charged word. Continue reading

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Tony Seba’s startling view of market disruptions

Tony Seba has a dramatic way of showing powerful market disruption caused by new technology, business models or both. And we’re on the cusp of something similar in energy, he says. Continue reading

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Mountain towns speak about coal

Mountain towns were among those talking as the U.S. Department of Interior held listening sessions about its coal-leasing program on Tuesday afternoon in metropolitan Denver. Continue reading

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Letting water flow down the Yampa to Lake Powell

irrigation at Colorado’s Carpenter Ranch along the Yampa River was suspended this year July 1, part of a pilot program in the Colorado River Basin intended to create greater flexibility in water in anticipation of drought. Continue reading

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The climate optimism of Tim Wirth

At the American Renewable Energy Day conference, an upbeat Tim Wirth predicted great success at the Paris climate change negotiations in Paris during December, but said he sees two major questions beyond Paris. Continue reading

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Animas and angst and the mine pollution

Mustard-colored water in the Animas River of southwestern Colorado illustrates more than anything else the long gestation time of many environmental disasters. Continue reading

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Colorado forum reviews pope’s encyclical

A panel of various faiths and spiritualities talked with former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter about the messages in the papal letter titled, “On Care of our Common Home.” The pope was talking about more than just global warming, Ritter said. Continue reading

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Climate change and the civil rights movement

President Barack Obama announced details of the Clean Power Plan 50 years to the week after the Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress. There have been similarities between the climate and civil rights movements, but differences, too. Continue reading

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Vail ends free plastic grocery bags

Free throw-away plastic bags are no longer being distributed by Vail’s two grocery stores, and paper bags will cost 10 cents each. Town officials intend to later institute a ban on free plastic sacks at other retail stores. Whistler is eyeing changes to force more recycling and composting. Continue reading

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