Category Archives: Natural gas

Darth Vader and white knights of oil and gas

Oil and gas drillers hurt themselves badly by resisting transparency, but the risk must be viewed within a broader matrix of considerations, speakers at a risk analysis conference seemed to agree.
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Beauprez and Hickenlooper on Colorado drilling

Colorado gubernatorial candidates Bob Beauprez and John Hickenlooper offered sharply contrasting approaches to the drilling controversy during appearances at the Energy Forum in Westminster. Continue reading

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Three principles of climate change politics

In turns cheerful and stern, former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth shared what about our energy story terrifies him and what makes him eager to get up in the morning. Continue reading

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Bus rapid transit in the Rockies

Despite a free-falling economy, Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley OK’d bus-rapid transit. Natural gas powers the buses, which are quieter and cheaper to operate. Continue reading

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Oil and gas drilling in Colorado

In a talk sponsored by the Center of the American West, Howard Boigon uses his 41-year perspective as an oil and gas lawyer to examine drilling controversies. Continue reading

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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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T. Boone Pickens and the land of energy plenty

You’re going to have to deal with natural gas for 100 years,” said energy billionaire T. Boone Pickens at the American Renewable Energy Day conference in Aspen. 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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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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