Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Keep your holiday giving close to home

This holiday season I’d like to propose a corollary to Durango’s well-loved buy local movement: give local. December is a month awash in fundraising requests, and let’s face it: being on the...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Records reveal Forest Service’s suspicious ways

Let’s talk numbers. 22: inches of fresh snow Wolf Creek Ski Area reported as of Wednesday morning. 69,701: pages of public records opponents of the Pillage at Wolf Creek just received from the...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Rabble-rousing can inspire us to make change

In his Tuesday column, “The Republicans’ Incompetence Caucus,” conservative New York Times writer David Brooks excoriated the more radical elements of the Republican Party. Sordid intra-party...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Don’t let spill pass; it’s time to take action

The toxic plume from the Gold King Mine release has passed. Our river is no longer orange. Where do we go from here? It is possible that this disaster, like so many horrors we hear about daily,...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

We deserve better science about Animas

If emotions were assigned a color, along the banks of the Animas and San Juan rivers, the color of fear is muddled orange. In the turbulent wake of the Gold King Mine accident, it is hard to miss...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Regulation fixes failings of free market

The problem with free market solutions to environmental problems is really quite simple: The free market does not exist. Let’s take a peek at the energy sector to see just how non-existent this...

DATE: July 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Dear Chief Tidwell, it’s time to right your agency’s wrong

For months people have been asking: “What can I do to help save Wolf Creek Pass?” Well, here’s a very immediate and concrete request. Next week, representatives from a number of community groups...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Wolf Creek fight demands we see documents

Is the fight for the future of Wolf Creek over? Has the community effort to protect this wild, unique and beloved landscape been in vain? After all, the U.S. Forest Service did just sign a Record...

DATE: May 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Residents need relief from busy mine operations

Let’s talk about the biggest little coal mine in La Plata County you’ve never heard of. Six miles southwest of Hesperus sits the King Coal II mine. Operated by GCC Energy, a subsidiary of...

DATE: May 13, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Question our reliance on fossil fuels

Hey all, great news. The Four Corners won! Isn’t it great to live in a community that tops the charts? As it turns out, the answer depends. Here are a few distinctions our community has “won” that...

DATE: April 29, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

LPEA needs leaders with vision, expertise

We live in exciting times. Just how exciting? Check this out. What was a fairly sedate affair historically – the La Plata Electric Association annual board of director’s election – has transformed...

DATE: April 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

To preserve Wolf Creek, speak up now

I want you to envision a day with me; it’s the day that bulldozers begin ripping apart Wolf Creek Pass to build Texas billionaire Red McCombs’ version of Vail South. Last week, that possible dark...

DATE: April 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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