Author Archives: Allen Best

About Allen Best

Allen Best is a Colorado-based journalist. He publishes a subscription-based e-zine called Mountain Town News, portions of which are published on the website of the same name, and also writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

Why electrical utilities will soon be very different

Roof-top solar collectors may soon more than double in efficiency, but there are many other changes underway in how we produce and consume electricity.

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What Donald Trump can’t reverse about clean energy

Trump may try to reverse climate change policies, but one president can do only so much, says Bill Ritter, Colorado’s former governor. He cites state and local clean energy policies, including those supported by Republican governors.
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Building climate bridges, not walls

Instead of hurling the epithet “climate denier” across the wall, the climate change movement needs to more assiduously build bridges to middle America.
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What we can learn from California’s energy experience

California had many laws and programs to reduce the footprint of greenhouse gas emissions from its economy, and some have worked better than others. All are worth studying. Continue reading

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Why the solar industry should be optimistic

Patty Limerick amused but also offered evidence why the solar industry has cause for “extraordinary hopefulness” as the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association convened. Continue reading

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Why the Trump ban on Muslims is so deeply offensive

I am a Muslim: Why Trump’s new U.S. ban on visitations cannot be accepted  by Allen Best “I am a Muslim,” I told Cathy this morning. It was something I have been thinking of posting in my front yard. She … Continue reading

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Post-inaugural marches in mountain towns

Wieners in Steamboat among post-election marches in mountain towns   by Allen Best PARK CITY, Utah – Women and their male supporters took to the streets in many ski and mountain towns on Saturday in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as … Continue reading

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Global warming and a cold morning in Colorado

Colder even than a banker’s heart: a 61-below morning in Colorado by Allen Best Cold temperatures of early January had me digging deep into my dresser drawers for long johns. I’ve rarely worn them since the late 1990s, when I … Continue reading

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Luck but also tools saved avalanche victim

The reasons this backcountry skier from Durango lived to see another day  DURANGO, Colo. – An unnamed man lives today in Durango partly because he and his companion took all the right tools on a backcountry skiing trip. But he … Continue reading

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January storms a challenge in mountain towns

Prodigious storms both thrilling and a challenge for mountain towns by Allen Best CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Jim Schmidt, a former mayor of Crested Butte, has been shoveling snow there for 40 years. Sunday was the first day in three weeks this … Continue reading

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