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Mark Pearson
Position: San Juan Citizens Alliance

Industry exerts direct and subtle sway at meeting

Can democracy work if corporations are free to spend their limitless plunder to affect the outcome of community dialogue and electoral politics? Last week, our community got a fir...

True democracy created plan for Hermosa Creek

What does democracy look like? Last week, I marched through the streets of Manhattan with a crowd 400,000 strong. I could hardly keep count of the number of times march participan...

Ignore deniers, act now to fight climate change

It’s time. Time to make a ruckus. This weekend tens of thousands will converge in New York City to protest the uninspired, inept and cynical global response to climate change. ...

Energy subsidies massively benefit oil, gas industry

Let’s talk subsidies. When the topic of renewable energy subsidies comes up, someone in the room invariably points out that such subsidies give renewables an unfair advantage over...

The power of money is on oil industry’s side

There’s nothing quite like money for getting otherwise sane people to do and say outlandish things. Case in point: Last week, I attended an Oil and Gas Community Advocates Trainin...

When you need respite from summer, get out

It’s August – summer in transition. A quotient of light erodes from either side of every day, portending the inevitable fall. Cooling temperatures, changing smells. I feel a tin...

Don’t let agencies break promises about new wells

Have you ever been played for a fool? Go to that place with me. Which was worse: the anger that dawned on you upon realizing you’d been had or the shame in admitting you had let i...

Over the years, my feeling about Old Glory evolve

It’s the fifth of July, and it’s early. I’m alone on a dirt road in the mountains, climbing. The American flag dominates my thoughts, three archetypes rising from somewhere deep. ...

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:...

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 ...

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 pat...

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 deserve...