Monthly Archives: September 2015

Pricing carbon emissions in Canada and the United States

British Columbia has a tax on carbon emissions, and it seems to have worked well there. How will the United States tax emissions of carbon dioxide? Through a cap-and-trade system or, as Citizens Climate Lobby advocates, a “carbon fee and dividend?” Continue reading

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Howard Geller’s energy efficiency broccoli

Howard Geller preaches the gospel of energy efficiency, which is a little like trying to sell the virtues of broccoli. In Colorado, and other states of the Southwest, he’s having some success. Continue reading

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Presidential wannabes in ski towns

Presidential candidates were in Aspen and Jackson Hole this year to press the flesh — and pass the campaign donation hat. They visit Park City, too. But they rarely show up in Vail or Beaver Creek. Why not? Continue reading

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The Unwelcome Stranger Called Climate Change

Changes in the climate are being observed all around. The most recent decade had twice as many record highs as record lows. But how do we adapt to those inevitable changes locally? Here’s some thinking from around the United States. Continue reading

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Longer, hotter summers explained lodgepole epidemic

A Colorado researcher says the lodgepole pine epidemic was caused less by the lack of cold snaps and more by the longer warm season, which allowed the beetles to proliferate with two generations per year. Continue reading

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Elbows collide in Crested Butte semi-backcountry

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory can best be understood as a 1,000-acre island of scientific research in a sea of public lands. Lately, those public lands have been getting busy. Not everyone is happy about that. Continue reading

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Harvest Festival parade a window into suburban sensibilities

The Saturday morning parade that highlights Arvada’s Harvest Festival was a two-hour window into suburban sensibilities in metropolitan Denver. There were marchers for presidential candidates, purple banners by a hard-core Republican, and lots of old cars and muscular new pickups. Continue reading

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Our energy of the future: flexible, decentralized, and diverse

Instead of energy-on-demand we’ll have energy-just-in-time is how one speaker in Denver described the energy system of the future. Others talked about different storage methods, more distributed energy, and greater diversity of sources. Continue reading

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Why so few water markets in the West?

Most of our energy sources, particularly fossil fuels, require great amounts of energy. A speaker from Western Resource Advocates paints the bigger picture in this water-energy nexus. Continue reading

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