Mark Pearson

Position: 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

25 years of work – a small group’s big legacy

Twenty-five years ago, some people in La Plata County started a small group with the intent of being actively engaged in community issues. The San Juan Citizens Alliance began by pushing for a...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Quiet decision on military flights; loud reverberations

The Air Force wants to fly 688 low-level training flights a year, as low as 300 feet above the ground, in the San Juan Mountains and basin, and up to central Colorado. La Plata County is at the...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Wilderness a blessing not to be taken lightly

I was blessed to grow up in western Colorado. Every summer, my father would take us on a pack trip for one to two weeks. Our horses would carry the loads, and we would hike. As soon as fourth...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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