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Almost a decade ago Roaring Fork Valley resident Chip Comins took his passion for the environment into action by founding ARE Day, a public exposition and discussion of renewable energy in Aspen. Over the years it has grown in size and stature. On this episode of NRG with MG, Chip Comins tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason what the US military and natural gas have to do with renewable energy.
Local energy expert Randy Udall is back to discuss solar energy for this week's edition of NRG with MG. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked Randy Udall how governments help or hinder the economic viability of solar power.
In 2008, Tim DeChristopher rose to prominence among environmentalists and protesters when he ingeniously scuttled a BLM gas leasing auction of scenic lands surrounding Utah National Parks. The story of his impromptu civil disobedience is told in the new documentary film "Bidder 70" by Telluride filmmakers George and Beth Gage. Today on NRG with MG, the couple tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how his commitment to stopping climate change guided Tim DeChristopher to take action that led to fame and jail time.
As vice president of sustainability for the Aspen Skiing Company, Auden Schendler thinks a lot about climate change. He thinks it's the number one problem we face, linked to most other big issues, and our chance to save the world. Today Auden Schendler is back with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason to talk about why business should be on the right side of the climate change argument and how it can be part of the new activism that made "the protester" Time magazine's Person of the Year.
A Health Impact Assessment initiated by Garfield County Commissioners and residents of Battlement Mesa, where Antero plans to drill 200 gas wells, was dropped before completion. The study by the Colorado School of Public Health was caught up in a swirl of controversy and politics propelled by the agendas of industry, opponents, residents and county commissioners. The assessment and county air monitoring systems are of themselves groundbreaking. Today on NRG with MG, we'll revisit the study with its author, Dr, Roxana Witter of the Colorado School of Public Health, in conversation with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason.
The Rio plus 20 U.N. Summit in June was long on goals but short on means to protect the environment in the face of climate change. Meanwhile statistics pile up that 2012 is especially warm, while closer to home firefighters battle epic blazes in Colorado. Energy expert Randy Udall is back for his monthly appearance on NRG with MG, with a follow-up to June's conversation with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason on the changing climate.
When you flip a switch in your home or office, the lights almost always come on. That's the beauty of our system of electrical distribution: You don't even have to think about it. But as you might have guessed, it's a little more vcomplicated than that.
On this week's NRG with MG, KDNK's Marilyn Gleason stops to think about the complex business arrangements behind flipping the switch. Clean Energy Action is working in Colorado to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. RJ Harrington heads the organization's efforts to influence policy in an industry dominated by monopolies. Colorado voters passed a requirement that 30 percent of its electricity come from renewables, but it doesn't apply equally to everyone.
As a Garfield County Commissioner until 2010, Tresi Houpt kept a sharp eye on gas drilling activities in the county and often served to restrain the prevailing pro-business temperment of the board. She held a concurrent seat on the Colorado Gas and Oil Conservation Commission, after that regulating agency's makeup was reformed to include non-industry members. On this episode of NRG with MG, Tresi Houpt sizes up the county board and the COGCC in the context of colliding political, business and public interests with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason.
Tom Phillips retired to Western Colorado after decades working in the oil industry internationally. On today's edition of NRG wth MG, Tom Phillips returns to fill in KDNK's Marilyn Gleason on government-run oil companies. It's an arrangement he knows well form the inside and dominates today's global oil markets.
UN Climate talks in Copenhagen and Cancun set a 2-degree target for limiting climate change. Some experts including NASA's Jim Hanson think that's still too high, but it's a number that has been widely accepted. On this episode of NRG with MG, energy expert Randy Udall is back with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason from Bonfire Coffee in Carbondale to discuss the science behind the 2-degree cap on global warming.