Category Archives: Coal

The fracture lines over Colorado’s coal plant retirement bill

A bill that would cushion closed coal plants encounters fractures in the Colorado Legislature, both along party lines but also among environmentalists. Continue reading

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Why the Clean Air Act didn’t clean up the air

In 1970, Congress grandfathered existing coal-fired power plants from requirements of the Clean Power Plan. Some of them have been poisoning our skies ever since.
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Ski town newspaper scoffs at Clean Power Plan

Steamboat Springs is an island in a sea of coal mining in northwest Colorado, and it is singing the coal industry tune when it comes to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

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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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Reasons for energy optimism and caution

Stanford University’s Sally Benson talks about what drove the great success of solar, the exciting promise of battery storage, the uneven progress of carbon capture and storage, and the concept of net energy, which finds that wind energy produces far more than is required in front-end inputs. Continue reading

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A conversation about utilities of the future

Regulation of investor-owned utilities in Colorado and elsewhere is “so 20th century,” in the words of a Colorado legislator. Max Tyler proposes a deep examination of regulatory reform. His bill passed its first test on a party-line vote.
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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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The case for a tax on carbon emissions

We can’t wait for the last iota of evidence on climate change, and we need to accelerate action by adopting a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Ski towns should be at the forefront of this advocacy. Continue reading

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Lessons of the Ludlow Massacre

Our stories of the West are of horned bison and brown cows, frothy rivers and untamed wilderness, tended gardens and pastoral landscapes. Our art celebrates individual prospectors, brave trailblazers, lonely cowboys, stoic Indians. We overlook our industrial lunch-pail moorings. The massacre at Ludlow was one outcome of that process of industrialization.
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Steering action on climate change

The sharpest edges among the platitudes at the Davis Graham & Stubbs forum was about the role of governments versus businesses in solving the climate conundrum. Continue reading

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