Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Science, policy, politics – the game of being right

We all like to believe that our opinions are supported by good solid information. We may disagree with some about what sources of information are “good” or “solid,” but the interest in having...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Time to be aware: Shale gas coming to San Juan Basin

Natural gas has been extracted from the San Juan Basin for many decades. The first technology to be used is what is called “conventional” gas wells, where a vertical well is drilled into an area of...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Commission’s snub of public process a shock

The uproar about the La Plata County Comprehensive Plan process has gotten me thinking about public input into government decisions and the importance of clear processes and procedures. Most of us...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Natural gas: Simply another bridge to nowhere

Ever hear of “clean natural gas”? It is said to be the answer to climate change. It has been supported by numerous national environmental organizations. It has been dubbed a “bridge fuel” between...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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