Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

As political winds shift, goals of San Juan Citizens Alliance remain same

Of the many emails we’ve received at San Juan Citizens Alliance, this may be the oddest. “I see that you are not on board with our President elect. Please remove us from your mailing list. Proud...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

An antidote to the Trump movement: Greater security for all

Here’s a question for you. Can I call President-elect Donald Trump out as a dangerously uninformed and unprincipled bigot without alienating his supporters? Better question. Why am I worried about...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

In this dark political season, reasons for hope

In the past week, I have had the opportunity to speak with some truly inspiring people, and get this: a few were politicians. I know, sounds improbable, right? This election season, the words...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

You can help build momentum for clean power alternatives

As the father of a 3-year-old boy, I’ve become an expert on the topic of momentum. You see, my little guy has yet to cross paths with a hill he doesn’t want to race down. Grassy, rocky, dirt,...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Oil, gas industry can’t counter NASA study on methane hot spot

The oil and gas industry is awfully, dangerously, predictable. This week, in response to NASA fingering oil and gas operations as the primary cause of the infamous Four Corners methane hot spot,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Collaboration key in fighting fires in the West

It’s summer, it’s hot and dry, and forest fires will burn. Here’s the kicker: That may be a good thing. To unpack this claim, let’s look at two things legions of politicians and their oddly...

DATE: July 20, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Speak out for quiet users on forest trails in Rico/West Dolores Area

The Dolores River watershed and backcountry needs your support. The Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for travel management...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Testing the Animas River’s water quality is a complex task

Has Animas River spring runoff been normal? Is normal safe? Definitely. Not. Got it? Late spring in the West means surging creeks and rivers. As water flows rapidly increase, so does the water’s...

DATE: June 15, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Now is the time to transform our energy economy

As the world transforms in response to technological innovation and evolving political preferences, chaos claws at order, building the future with every rip and tear. It’s a painful thing, this...

DATE: May 18, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Power play over mine saddles Navajos with toxic asset

Imagine an unlikely scenario with me. Donald Trump, the wildly successful, great, terrific business icon turned even terrific-er presidential candidate, finds himself unsure how to negotiate a...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

With extra time, add your voice to HD debate

Victory! (Kind of.) This week, San Juan Citizens Alliance members helped persuade the federal government to give our community more time to weigh in on five parcels of public land to be leased for...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Gas bust is call to look for new energy sources

What’s causing the loss of oil and gas jobs in the Four Corners region? For some readers, this question is an abstraction; for others, it is deeply personal. In the past few months, economic news...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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