Mark Pearson

Position: 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

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

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