Mark Pearson

Position: 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

A harsh, costly legacy left by dirty energy

When most people think of reasons to oppose nuclear energy, they think of the risk of catastrophic failure at the power plant and the lack of any long-term solution for the spent, highly...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Solar gardens can make local power a reality

La Plata Electric Association is taking applications from those interested in developing up to 2 megawatts of local community solar gardens. It is a great step forward. A community solar garden is...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Land plans: The good, bad and unfinished

The new management plans for the public lands of Southwest Colorado are finally complete. There are two plans, one covers the Tres Rios Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, the other the...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Sorry affair with the Navajo Mine leaves public out

In 1957, the Utah Construction Co. leased lands on the Navajo Nation to mine coal, and the Navajo Mine was begun. The mine always has been, and continues to be, the only coal supplier to the Four...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

BLM owes public greater clarity on drilling rules

The long-awaited new Resource Management Plan for the Tres Rios Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, which covers the lands of Southwest Colorado, finally has been released. The...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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