Tag Archives: Allen Best

Electric car sales and the expanding lily pond

Sales of electric vehicles have been increasing robustly in Colorado, leading one transportation analyst to cautiously predict that 20 percent of all cars, trucks and motorcycles could be electric by 2030. Continue reading

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Mining jobs at West Elk without methane emissions?

Was the Colorado governor’s position about the West Elk coal mine expansion Solomon like or dodging a hard issue about a major greenhouse gas emission? Continue reading

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Kit Carson’s answer for hardscrabble rural America

Kit Carson Electric of Taos, N.M., has set a goal of 100 percent renewables. The cast of characters includes the son of a coal miner and a former executive with Nike. Continue reading

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Does Tony Seba wax too optimistic about technology?

Tony Seba predicts technological disruption in 2020 or 2021 in electric
and autonomous vehicles, solar energy and energy storage. Can he possibly be right? Continue reading

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Remembering when all of Colorado seemed to be on fire

Fifteen years ago, three major forest fires were roaring in Colorado, making even city streets feel like a dystopian sci-fi movie. What did we learn from those fires? Continue reading

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A sort-of normal spring runoff in an abnormal year

Colorado’s Yampa River peaked in mid-May and the same looked to have happened in Idaho’s Wood River. But generally, peak runoff is happening now, in early June. Continue reading

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Why the push to allow pollution and waste?

What a loopy cause for Republicans in Congress to get behind: the right to pollute and waste a valuable resource. That was the crux issue of the methane debate. Continue reading

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Wildlife overpasses in Colorado yield fewer carcasses

Far fewer deer carcasses along Highway 9 after several new crossings by Allen Best KREMMLING, Colo. — When Colorado wildlife biologists drove along Highway 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling during the 2015-16 winter, they found far fewer carcasses of mule … Continue reading

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How can coal communities cushion the landing?

Coal is skidding, and more is to come. What can communities do to prepare? by Allen Best Coal communities have shed jobs for more than a century. More are certain to be lost as the fuel loses favor because of … Continue reading

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Chasing ice and chasing climate solutions in Colorado

Local climate action or higher-level policy advocacy? It’s a familiar argument, and it came up at Aspen as the Compact of Colorado Communities was launched. Continue reading

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