Out for a Sunday afternoon ride in early February, two aging baby boomers unexpectedly came across drilling and oil and gas extraction among the bucolic rangelands of Eastern Colorado. Looking to take photographs, they became suspects and advised that public roads weren’t exactly public. Such have been the rising tensions in the growing tension around fossil fuel extraction.
Action has accelerated at the grassroots in Colorado ski towns as local leaders heed the warnings of climate scientists that the carbon budget has nearly been exhausted. At Battle Mountain High School near Vail, Dr. Robert Davies warned that to fail to take appropriation action in the face of evidence of need for a dramatic response should be considered radical.
Amory Lovins and Wes Jackson both launched their big ideas in 1976, the first about energy and the second about agriculture. At this year’s Prairie Festival in Kansas, they smacked up against Bill McKibben description of the immediacy of climate change.
The man who warmed the planet wanted to celebrate winter in Aspen by Allen Best Of the dozens of billionaires who have homes in Aspen and its suburbs, perhaps none have had such a large national presence as David Koch. The death last week of Koch at the age of 79 and with a wealth …
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With purchase of wind power from a Nebraska farm, Vail Resorts will be able to make good on its goal fo 100 percent carbon-free electricity. But in the bigger picture, says a veteran ski area executive, ski areas and others who want to move the needle on climate change must get in the trenches of advocacy.
Whistler was among dozens of municipalities in British Columbia that sent letters to fossil fuel companies last year informing them they expected payment for climate change impacts. a letter sent to a company in hard-hit Calgary caused pushback. But Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton didn’t entirely apologize.
In late August, shortly before reservoir levels in the Colorado River Basin fell to their lowest levels in 50 years, a call was placed on the Yampa River, a reflection of the warming weather of the Colorado River Basin.
California’s Squaw Valley saw risk to skiing on two fronts. for the smaller risk of electrical unreliability, which leaves skiers hanging, it plans a microgrid using batteries manufactured nearby at Tesla’s Gigafactory. For the bigger risk of climate, it is buying 100 percent renewable energy.
With its winter advertising campaign, the Aspen Skiing Co. audaciously seeks to tip the scales of the U.S. Senate toward climate change action. The campaign urges grassroots communication with several on-the-fence Republican senators that the company believes are “moveable.”
A new study about the effects of warming temperatures predicts that flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double during the 21st century in parts of the American and Canadian West.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad has ordered diesel-powered locomotives to replace coal units, a concession to increased wildfire dangers in southwestern Colorado. Climate climate scientists acknowledge the link between rising temperatures and more and bigger wildfires in California and elsewhere.