Mark Pearson

Position: 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

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

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