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Mark Pearson

Position: 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

Wolf Creek: The land vs. man’s dream

When will the fight over Wolf Creek Pass end? This past weekend, The Durango Herald broke a story about document destruction, collusion and continued avoidance of public transparency requirements...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | COLUMN: 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

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