Writer Irene Vilar came from a political family. Her mother, who devoted herself to the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, spent decades in prison for political actions. Her family had two Episcopalian priests involved in liberation theology, a Latin American religious movement whose followers ... More >>
U.S. Representative and fracking critic Jared Polis and pro-fracking Governor John Hickenlooper do not see eye-to-eye on initiatives 88 and 89, two measures that proponents are pushing to get on the November ballot. And yesterday, Hickelooper acknowledged that his attempt to work with a bipartisan c ... More >>
World-renowned choreographer Karole Armitage is recognized for bringing non-traditional elements to the stage with her radical modern dance pieces. The performance tonight at Macky Auditorium will be no exception, as the dancer and her company, Armitage Gone! Dance, present Fables on Global Warming. ... More >>
Is Denver International Airport in the dark? The airport will be celebrating touchy-feely Earth Hour tomorrow, turning off lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. The black-out includes the illuminated DIA sign along Pena Boulevard, the illuminated sign marking the Jeppesen Ter ... More >>
Governor John Hickenlooper is just back from the National Governor's Conference in Washington, where he did not talk about drinking fracking fluid, as he had during Senate testimony two weeks ago. Hick's quip about his sip of frack fluid made headlines, but there are at least six Colorado drinks we' ... More >>
With Democrats controlling both houses of the Colorado Legislature, Governor John Hickenlooper should have lots of common ground with lawmakers. But one topic is already creating cracks in any consensus: fracking. Hickenlooper has asked for a single set of state regulations that would govern the sta ... More >>
In the future, your home and its appliances might talk to you, make decisions for you, and, if the National Renewable Energy Lab is successful, help you save money. And, you know, make Planet Earth a greener place. Get more details and see photos of our domestic future below.
Mark MangerIt's distressing to learn that the good folks of Bent County are shelling out thousands of dollars a month to lobbyists in an effort to "repurpose" the decrepit, soon-to-be-shuttered state prison at Fort Lyon. After all, we suggested five amazingly practical new uses for the old pl ... More >>
"Gasland"Representatives Diane DeGette and Jared Polis are taking another run at tightening federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas drilling technique also known as fracking. Introduced this week by the Colorado twosome and fellow Democratic rep Maurice Hinchey from New Yor ... More >>
Weld County is undergoing an explosion in the number of oil and gas companies using a technique called "horizontal drilling" to get at deposits deep in the Denver Basin, according to the Greeley Tribune. Which puts us in mind of a certain Simpsons episode.
Gas well pads.A bill that sought to increase the reporting process for water-quality complaints related to oil and gas drilling in Colorado died quietly at the statehouse yesterday, with Republican lawmakers insisting that the industry's use of hydraulic fracturing fluids, or "fracking," pose ... More >>
Xcel's coal-fired Comanche plant.Xcel's evolving proposal to retire several aged coal-fired power plants to comply with a tough new Colorado law has been hailed as bold and innovative. But similar plans may soon be cropping up around the country as utilities face a new round of federal antipo ... More >>
Shut the damn doors and you'll save even more energy.If you were hoping to get a rebate for buying an energy efficient washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator, you're probably too late. RechargeColorado.com, the state website that serves as the starting point for the federally funded reb ... More >>
"What are you guys doing to us?"During a recent visit to Colorado, Larry Schweiger, president and chief executive of the National Wildlife Federation, said Colorado was in the bull's eye for negative consequences from climate change. What exactly does that mean? Unfortunately, Schweiger has ... More >>
The skys the limit for this eco-friendly roofing option.
Its easy being green at Denvers first-ever Green Festival.
Executive Recycling CEO Brandon Richter as seen on 60 Minutes. "Damning 60 Minutes Report Focuses on Denver-area Recycler," a blog published yesterday, offers a look at "The Wasteland," an investigation overseen by CBS correspondent Scott Pelley into the illegal dumping of American e-waste. The de ... More >>
Diane Carman. As noted in the second item from this October 2007 Message column, longtime Denver Post columnist Diane Carman left the paper in order to take a position as communications director with the Presidential Climate Action Project, associated with the University of Colorado Denver's Schoo ... More >>
On January 31, a two-day barrage of panels dealing with global warming issues concludes at Colorado State University. The sessions are part of an "unprecedented teach-in" taking place around the country coordinated by the Green House Network under the rubric Focus the Nation. But of the fifty CSU pr ... More >>
Dozens of alternative newsweeklies across the country have joined together on the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, in league with the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in Washington D.C., to publishing stories all at once, with national and local content, about global warming and the si ... More >>
The Kyoto Accord began the race to halt global warming. On its 10th anniversary, why are we barely past the starting gate? I remember so well the final morning hours of the Kyoto conference. The negotiations had gone on long past their scheduled evening close, and the convention-center management w ... More >>
If you wiped California off the face of the planet, just made it disappear—left behind no car or SUV, politician, person or cow—you’d eliminate only about 1.6 percent of the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. Keep California and lose Texas, and you’d more or less double the benef ... More >>
Boulder hosts an environmental art program.
A distinct odor greeted the visiting dignitaries as they donned hardhats and toured Alpine Waste’s spanking-new, $5-million recycling plant in Adams County this afternoon, a dumpster away from Furniture Row. A warm, ripe, garbagey odor, probably from the food residue clinging to the tin cans being ... More >>
Make as many jokes as you like, but thanks to one Al Gore head-turning moment, Earth Day’s suddenly become important again. So what will you be doing about it? Here are a few suggestions on how to jump-start your social consciousness. In LoDo Ground Zero, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado and ... More >>
Look who's mad at Dick Lamm now!
Colorado's legacy of contamination spreads far and wide.
Old mines are polluting the water, but this mountain town doesn't want to get shafted by the EPA.
The debate over open-pit mining turns toxic.
Bon Carbo residents are still fighting for their right to clean water.
Glendale gets a lesson in the politics of pollution.
Superfund ombudsman Robert Martin is either a white knight -- or an EPA whitewash.
As the market for recycled materials dries up, King Soopers trashes part of its recycling program.
Is this planet big enough for both Earthlaw and Earthjustice?
Is Public Service coming clean about its clean-air campaign?
The speed merchants who risk their lives on the Pikes Peak Highway hope to put the brakes on a road-paving project.
Environmentalists cry foul over the new federal Ski Fee Bill.
How the people of Overland Park were forced to live next door to a radioactive "monolith"-- by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A SPARKLING STANDLEY LAKE--AND A BOATLOAD OF PROTESTORS--GREET OLYMPIC FESTIVAL ATHLETES.
DRY-CLEANING BILLS ARE ON THE RISE--THANKS TO THE POLITICS OF "PERC."
THE LITTLE-KNOWN CCEM DOESN'T CLEAN UP POLLUTION. BUT WITH $7.6 MILLION IN TAX MONEY TO PLAY WITH, IT SURE CAN TALK ABOUT IT.
IN A STRANGE SUPERFUND TWIST, POLLUTERS SAY CLINTON'S CLEANUP PLAN IS "PRO-BUSINESS."