Selling fear despite the evidence

The New York Times had a disturbing report that Republican strategists intend to sow fears of the cost of addressing emissions. The trouble is, the fears fly straight into the face of the available evidence.

The day two aging baby boomers became suspects while on a Sunday afternoon drive to Pawnee Buttes

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.

What constitutes radical given the scale of climate change risk?

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.

Big ideas and the harsh deadline of climate change

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.

David Koch and the winters of Aspen

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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How to view the purchase of wind power by Vail Resorts

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’s cage-rattling letter to fossil fuel companies

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.

Climate change and the Yampa River

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.

How Squaw Valley will use Tesla batteries to reduce skiing risk

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.

Can Aspen Skiing Co. tip climate balance in U.S. Senate?

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.”

Coal gives way to diesel as fire danger rises

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.