Conflict Resolution Mechanisms: Public vs. Private Oil and Gas

While we’ve been having this discussion about settlements, I’ve been thinking a couple of things and following the newspaper on oil and gas in Colorado. Let’s say there is way “a” of looking at things. NGOs have policy objectives. Litigating on NEPA, NFMA and ESA is a way of meeting those objectives. NEPA is convenient …

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Study finds transatlantic pellet trade results in SIGNIFICANT GHG REDUDUCTIONS over fossil fuels

Selected quotes from Biomass Magazine article summarizing a joint study conducted by U. Ga., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Yale: – “A new study … has determined that the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of a unit of electricity generated in the U.K. using imported wood pellets is at least 50 percent lower than the …

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Beware of Zombie Lawsuits: Reporting by the Fairfield Sun Times

I am not sure I understand all this, but I really like the fact that the writer, Darry Flowers, took the time to delve below the surface and do some digging ;). A curious story. I also liked how he explained the legal terms (the people on this blog can check if he’s correct). My …

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Small Woody Biomass Plants in Colorado

Most of the discussion in Colorado these weeks have been about the green (Cannabis) and the blue and orange (Broncos). Of course, the winter sky is blue, living trees are green and dead trees are orange, at least for a while. Here’s an article in the Sunday Denver Post Perspective, by Allen Best, about some …

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Elections Have Consequences: EPA Version

I am posting this because, while some may be shocked, it seems to me that this is what actually happens. You can get all the advantages of learning this, without having to live in Washington D.C.! People get elected. They have friends who helped elect them. Friends want favors. Agencies grant them. Scandalous, or the …

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“Educating” and Conversing: Patty Limerick on the Fracking Dispute

There is an interesting piece in today’s Perspective in the Denver Post by Patty Limerick, Director of the Center for the American West on electronic education and communication. Not directly related to our usual subjects, but may be of interest to those of you in the education biz. I’ll be taking my first online course …

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Shout-out to EDF Work on Proposed Oil and Gas Rules

Here is a link to a Denver Post story on new Colorado rules..the reason I’m posting it (other than I suspect oil and gas is not covered well in other places) is to “catch people doing something right.” It seems like a great environmental step forward, so I would like to give a shout-out to …

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Mini-Refinery Using Bug Trees Research in Interior West

Nice article by Bruce Finley here.. the Denver Post flashes and banners continue to be annoying, but I’m still glad they’re here. Note that they are: Using what carbon accounting folks would call “residues” that would be otherwise burned. Moving the refineries around to take advantage of moving areas of dead trees. In Region 2, …

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Governor Hickenlooper: What if Your Governor Had Worked in Natural Resources?

In Colorado, in the circles I run in, Governor Hickenlooper, when he disagrees with what we might call “the “environmentalist” narrative” is said to be “in the pockets of the oil and gas industry.” There have been op-eds in the Denver Post, which I couldn’t find, but I did find this. The cozy relationship between …

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Renewable energy in the West on track to be cost-competitive with fossil fuels — without subsidies

Bob Berwyn had this post which I found interesting..being from Golden, it’s hard for me not to be optimistic about transitioning to a low carbon economy in the next couple of decades. Here’s a link. Energy is related to our usual business for a number of reasons; can occur on public land, climate change is …

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