Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Chimney Rock National Monument now!

A public meeting Friday in Pagosa Springs concerns the proposal to make the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area a national monument. The meeting will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Archuleta...

DATE: May 9, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

River nutrients: It’s all about being healthy

Nutrients: “A substance that provides nourishment for growth or metabolism,” according to Dictionary.com. Nutrients in water – sounds good. Like a vitamin-water mix. However, like vitamins,...

DATE: April 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Time to give N.M. energy producer a push off coal

A few weeks ago, there was widespread attention to a report by a coalition of community groups that analyzed electricity rates, profits and energy priorities at PNM, New Mexico’s largest utility...

DATE: March 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Colo. roadless rule: Unnecessary and harmful

Roadless. In today’s world, with our lives centered in most aspects on the network of roads, roadless has physical as well as figurative connotations. It can imply aimless, wild, unmapped and even...

DATE: Feb. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Public service, trust, and the oil and gas industry

Public service, working for the public as an employee of the government, should be seen as an honorable and important role for anyone. The tasks given these public servants all stem from the laws...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

San Juan station: Not necessarily moving forward

The San Juan Generating Station is a massive coal-fired power plant owned primarily by Public Service Co. of New Mexico, or PNM. The plant is located in northwestern New Mexico near the town of...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Domestic gas and oil production – not a real issue

There is a lot of hot air about U.S. domestic oil and gas production. There are arguments about how policies of this president vs. that president affect domestic production; about how the industry...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Hopes for the new year, from energy to oil to snowfall

A few modest hopes for the coming year. Perhaps immodest hopes actually, because of this being an election year in a country that clearly lacks even the most basic aspects of a rational or civil...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

An end-of-year gift from EPA: Less mercury

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-burning power plants. This is great news. Here in the Four Corners, we have been inundated with...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Fracking fluid: The best time to know is now

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is again in a position to make a serious statement on how oil and gas development is done in Colorado. This time, the COGCC is wrestling with an...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Let’s make sure there’s something to be thankful for

Thanksgiving began with people thankful for surviving in a new land. They thanked those who already lived there for helping them, they were thankful for the bounty of the land they had come to,...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Our environment: Rights, wrongs, difficult issues

Is it a basic human right to have to clean water to drink, clean air to breathe or live in a generally healthy environment? In pondering this question, I first wonder about the concept of basic...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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