Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Decisions loom about local electric supply

Spring is in the air, and with it comes potentially big changes for our electric power supply. Leadership changes abound at both our local rural electric cooperative, La Plata Electric Association,...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Land conservation overcomes congressional gridlock

Fans of Utah’s spectacular redrock country can savor congressional action this week that advanced protections for a million acres of the incomparable San Rafael Swell, and one of the Colorado...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

New Mexico grapples with air pollutants

We who live in these parts sometimes call it the Four Corners, other times the San Juan Basin or even the Colorado Plateau. It’s reflective of the geographic flexibility of our home region, one...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Change confronts rural electric co-ops

The comedian Lily Tomlin used to have a favorite shtick where she played Ernestine, the snorting, smirking phone operator. She would end her bit with the line, “We don’t care, we don’t have to,...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Election moves energy policy to the forefront

With the midterm elections behind us, it’s worth pondering what the outcome means for the environment next year. One can expect significant action in Colorado and New Mexico in two areas where...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Energy dominance comes to national forests

The Trump administration unabashedly promotes energy dominance above all else on America’s public lands. But even knowing that, it’s hard not to be astonished by the latest onslaught to prioritize...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Fires and droughts should set off alarm bells

Our beloved Animas River has taken a shellacking the past few years, the most recent insults a combination of record low flows and wildfire induced mudslides. The Animas might be the blaring alarm...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

The Village at Wolf Creek staggers onward

Are we doomed to the zombie Village at Wolf Creek endlessly stalking the San Juan Mountains? No matter how many times apparently dead, it seemingly staggers back to life, lurching with a blank...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

New leadership at EPA, same rollbacks

By the time Scott Pruitt resigned as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, he was the poster child for bungling personal entitlement. As Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa put it,...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

For 50 years, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act preserves waterways

Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It was a counterpoint to the West’s flurry of dam-building in the 1950s and 1960s that saw dams erected across many of the region’s...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

San Juan Wilderness Act strategically protects mountains’ beauty

With spring full bore upon us, it’s hard not to cast an envious eye toward the high country and start daydreaming about alpine wildflower hikes. One favorite destination for many is Ice Lake Basin...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

LPEA board vote hinges on vision for power supply

This year’s La Plata Electric Association board election is a pivotal referendum on the future of our electric supply. Are co-op members happy with the status quo, being joined at the hip for the...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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