Position: Thinking Green

When rules are ignored, we can win

It is not often enough that we get to celebrate wins in my line work, so today let’s pause to do exactly that. A few weeks ago, San Juan Citizens Alliance and our partners won a hard-fought legal...

DATE: March 18, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Resource plan is a betrayal of our values

Ever heard that little ditty: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Turns out to be a complete and utter lie. Heck, you don’t even need full names – acronyms will do...

DATE: March 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

A cynical ploy to take our federal lands

I break the world of ideas into three categories. Good ideas, bad ideas and this idea. In 2012, Utah passed the Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act, a uniquely cynical piece of legislation that...

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

I’m asking you to challenge your beliefs

A few weeks back I was called a bomb-thrower for the content I share in this column. Though this is far from the worst thing I’ve been called in print, it did get me thinking. Is what I write...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Administration right to pursue methane rules

Sometimes people say outrageous things. Case in point: In response to the Obama administration announcing plans to cut methane emissions, the president of the Institute for Energy Research uttered...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Wolf Creek development enters Act 5

Here we go again. The fight over the Pillage at Wolf Creek is on, folks, and we need your help. Haven’t heard of this little gem? Trying to block negative thoughts in the New Year? This column is...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Today, feel beauty, hurt of our world

Hallelujah! A true radical is born. If there is one thing I’ve learned in my 30-odd years on Earth, it is this: Do not disparage tradition lightly – no matter how incommensurable with evolving...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Hey, Red. Wolf Creek is troubling me

Dear Red, How are things back in Texas? Peggy Sue and I are vacationing in Durango. Unseasonably warm, thank goodness. If this is global warming, you can officially call me a fan. Buying any sports...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Honor fearless protectors of our land

What does it mean to give thanks? I believe that the act of giving thanks is an act of sincere humility, an expression of vulnerability, connectedness and need. We express thanks for the things...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Our world is evolving, it’s time to adapt

Am I a hypocrite? Of all the responses I get to this column, by far the most common attack pertains to my supposed hypocrisy. They usually go a lot like this: “Well hello to all you liberal brain...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

When money talks, facts twist in the wind

Time to break out the condolence cards – BP had a bad quarter. Earnings are down 18 percent, leaving this global behemoth with a paltry $3 billion in profits for the third quarter. Poor guys....

DATE: Oct. 29, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Industry exerts direct and subtle sway at meeting

Can democracy work if corporations are free to spend their limitless plunder to affect the outcome of community dialogue and electoral politics? Last week, our community got a firsthand look at the...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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