Category Archives: Environmental

Bill McKibben’s divesture campaign

Climate crusader Bill McKibben was in Denver this week to promote his new book and make the case f colleges to divest themselves from fossil fuels industries. Continue reading

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Colorado environmental benefits of electric cars

Electric cars remain scarce in Colorado, but governments and advocacy groups have been installing charging stations in anticipation of rapid growth in sales. Electric cars, they say, can reduce ground-level ozone, dependency on foreign energy sources, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

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Randy Udall and the energy that has made us all gods

The late Randy Udall was blunt, contrarian, thoughtful, methodical, colorful — and had a riveting message about the fossil fuels that he said allowed mere mortals to live lives not just of royalty, but of the very gods themselves. Continue reading

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Telluride Mountainfilm’s lesser-of-evils energy discussion

Spurred by a concern about global warming, Tim DeChristopher served 21 months in federal prison. He tried to argue that his action was the lesser of two evils. But is nuclear energy the lesser of two evils. A report from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. Continue reading

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Fracking, drilling, and the natural gas bonanza

Fracking has been done since the 1940s. Safe, proven technology, right? But the fracking today isn’t the same as that of your grandfather, says Dr. Bernard Goldstein. Like other speakers in the Center of the American West’s FrackingSense series, he argues for a more patient rollout of drilling into shale formations than the drill here, drill now cheerleading of recent years. Continue reading

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Aiming for zero-waste at festivals

Mountains of trash are generated at most festivals, including those with sustainability themes. But Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival managed to divert 80 percent of forks, cups and so forth from the landfill. How did they do it? Telluride’s EcoAction team explains their strategy. Continue reading

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The odd couple of greenhouse gas reduction in Colorado

An unlikely pairing of the Aspen Skiing Co., Koch-owned Oxbow Mining and the persistence of gas man Tom Vessels yielded electrical generation and a big reduction in a potent greenhouse gas. Continue reading

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Jobs, rural Colorado, and the transition from coal

Both sides cited jobs as Colorado legislators considered S.B. 252, a proposal to increase the renewable energy standard for electrical cooperatives and their wholesale supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The reality is probably much more nuanced. Continue reading

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Artificial insemination of clouds

Does cloud-seeding work? That’s always been the question. A $13.5 million study by Wyoming aims to get a better handle on the answer. But Los Angeles isn’t waiting. It has long seeded winter storm clouds in the Sierra Nevada, and it is now helping pay for efforts high in the Colorado Rockies.
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Randy Udall on our energy bonanza

Persistence and hard work have yielded a bounty of oil and natural gas in the Rocky Mountains, but Randy Udall questions the cost of this treasure and wonders whether we are now chained to drilling rigs and are throwing away the key. Continue reading

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