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Hickenlooper May Be in Bed With the Oil Industry, But Coloradans Have His Wake-up Call

0 Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 3:32 PM

Governor Hickenlooper had a few particularly cozy days with the oil and gas industry the other week. First, he appeared in industry-funded ads in newspapers and on radio stations across the state, proclaiming that no water in Colorado had been contaminated by fracking. After being forced to issue...

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Let's Not Fracture the Future of the West With Fracking

0 Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 3:20 PM

My childhood was financed by the natural gas industry. For over 30 years, my dad arose at 5 a.m., donned his blue work shirt and headed off to work as a journeyman for Excel Energy (formerly Public Service), a private utility supplier of natural gas in Colorado. For three decades...

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Food Fight: Why Congress and Obama's Proposed Budget Cuts Are the Wrong Move for Colorado

0 Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 11:51 AM

As the summer descends upon Colorado, the fight over the budget will heat up in Congress. And if you thought the eleventh hour negotiations that took place in early April over the 2011 budget were dramatic, just wait -- you ain't seen nothing yet.

One topic that...

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The Bad Three Are Worse Than You've Heard: Here's Why

0 Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 2:14 PM

Each election cycle, Colorado becomes a Petri dish for dangerous experimental ballot measures. Thanks to the low standards needed to qualify either an amendment or a proposition to the November ballot in Colorado, we're subject to all manner of insanity. Add in the unscrupulous actions and some questionable...

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Will Colorado Legislators Help Us Fight for a Better Food System?

0 Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 4:06 PM

Three weeks ago I found myself in Ft. Collins surrounded by 600 people wearing cowboy hats, UFCW t-shirts and Food & Water Watch buttons. Despite the diverse attire, everyone spoke with a unified voice for making our food system more sustainable and just. It...

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Meet Your Meat: Why We All Should Care Where Our Burger Comes From

0 Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 3:05 PM

I grew up next to a factory farm near Longmont. It was an industrialized turkey farm, covering several acres and comprised of metallic silos full of crowded birds. The family of my best friend in elementary school operated it and lived next to it. We used to play...

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