Mark Pearson

Position: Thinking Green

Fish and Wildlife is utterly failing to protect lynx

Who cares about lynx? I ask this question for two reasons. One: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by law, is supposed to care about lynx, but doesn’t. Two: Members of the San Juan Citizens...

DATE: June 24, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Obama’s pollution plan falls far short of what we need

With much fanfare, two weeks back the Obama administration announced its proposed rules for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The resulting fireworks were...

DATE: June 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Change requires becoming unreasonable

Our society has an unhealthy infatuation with the image of the reasonable man. You know the one I’m talking about. Well-coiffed, prudent, good with money – he exudes an air of paternal stability, a...

DATE: May 28, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

We can’t allow government to ignore our voices

Stop the press! Something wild just happened. I, Dan Olson, found common cause with the tea party. Coming from your local environmental group, this declaration deserves some unpacking. Two...

DATE: May 14, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

When it comes to energy, which camp are you in?

Good news! (Kind of). Once again, election season is upon us. No, no – not the 2014 midterms. I’m talking about the annual La Plata Electric Association Board of Directors election. For the...

DATE: April 30, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Help us fight these menacing energy monsters

Have you ever seen a monster? I have. A few weeks ago. He was an odd monster. He didn’t hide in the dark spots fancied by most monster-types. No, this monster stood out in the open under the...

DATE: April 16, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

We deserve an industry that’s a good neighbor

What do you get when you put an industry insider, public-relations consultant and lobbyist in an office suite with a bag of money? A. The start of a government regulatory office. B. An industry...

DATE: April 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Green business will not save you or the climate

The promise of green business is a lie. As a person who pursued sustainable business strategies at the country’s largest organizations for close to 14 years, this statement is as painful as it is...

DATE: March 19, 2014 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Natural gas: Its footprint is larger than you think

In 2011, researchers from Cornell University caused an uproar when they published a study that found methane emissions from shale natural-gas development and use had a bigger greenhouse gas...

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

Criticism of fracking, health study misses mark

Tuesday’s editorial in The Durango Herald, “Fracking flap,” correctly pointed out the common confusion with interpreting scientific studies by the lay public. Much of the rest of the editorial,...

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

Gas, oil industry should be treated like any other

There is a raging debate in Colorado, and nationally, about fracking. Part of the debate is semantic, centered around different ways in which the term fracking is used. Another component of the...

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

Wilderness Act turns 50 – it’s time to celebrate

You don’t miss your water till the well runs dry. It is easy to take things for granted, even really important things: our family, our jobs, the beautiful area in which we live, the air we...

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

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