Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Dirty politics: Fight it, but don’t expect it to stop

The breakdown in reasonable discourse in Washington is so clear and prevalent that most of us have shut down, stopped listening to the grandstanding and silly posturing. Unfortunately, the...

DATE: July 20, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Tools of the trade – or, the way we do what we do

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the different ways the San Juan Citizens Alliance works on the various issues we are involved in. The Dolores River Campaign, an effort to protect the whole...

DATE: July 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Local landscape needs community working together

One of the ways I first became active with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, back in 1994, was helping to craft the “Citizens Management Alternative” for the San Juan National Forest. For the next...

DATE: June 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Seeing through the haze not always easy here

The skies in the mountains are amazingly blue, a deep solid color. On a good day, the clarity of the ridges against this blue is deeply rewarding. Yet all too often in our area, the clarity is...

DATE: June 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Living and paying in gas country, with no foresight

Durango Fire & Rescue Authority opens its 2011 budget update with the sentence, “A reduction in the value of natural gas has resulted in a 20 percent decline in the Durango Fire Rescue’s...

DATE: May 25, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Making a home in the beautiful San Juan Basin

What does it mean to live someplace? Many of us move repeatedly during our lifetimes. We often think of ourselves as “from” two places: where we were born, as well as where we currently live. The...

DATE: May 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Helping farmers, fish and floaters on the Dolores

Conflicts about water in Southwest Colorado seem to be the norm. So when the many different interests get together, not only to talk, but to actually come up with potential win-win solutions, it is...

DATE: April 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Gas industry taking water, one law at a time

One of the basic realities of the West is the scarcity of water, which leads to the incredibly high value placed on water rights. “You can steal my grub, you can take my woman, but don’t touch my...

DATE: April 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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