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Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. Today on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers.
Martin has been a commissioner for 16 years and is running for a fifth term. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked John Martin what concessions he might ask from gas drillers to improve their practices during the current slowdown in drilling.
Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. Today on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues.
Last week we kicked it off with Aleks Briedis. He's running against today's guest, incumbent commissioner Mike Samson of Rifle. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason started by asking about the day 30 years ago known as Black Monday. Mike Samson was serving as the mayor of Rifle at the time, and remembered how he learned Exxon was pulling out of oil shale development that was fueling a boom in the Grand Valley.
With a presidential election just around the corner and Colorado labeled a swing state, election campaigning has been relentless. But local candidates will also be seeking approval in voting booths and on mail-in ballots come November. Two members of Garfield all-Republican commissions are facing democratic challengers. Today on NRG with MG, we kick off a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues. This week, KDNK's Marilyn Gleason questions Aleks Briedis of Rifle. Briedis moved from Chicago to Rifle 13 years ago where he is the recreation director.
The 2012 presidential election is just around the corner. Carbondale resident Randy Udall is a regular commentator on energy issues for KDNK. He also comes from a famous political family. On this week's edition of NRG with MG, Randy Udall meets with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason to explore the nexus of energy and politics in the context of the upcoming election.
Early this year, the Bureau of Land Management published a draft Environmental Impact Statement and amendments for opening lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to tar sand and oil shale extraction. The new plan reduced an earlier 2008 allocation of almost 2 and a half million acres.
Unsurprisingly, the plan was controversial on all sides. For the last few years, a handful of oil companies have tried hard to prove that oil shale is a viable energy source, using test plots on public land in Colorado to experiment.
Today on NRG with MG, Colorado State Geologist Vince Matthews is back to talk with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason about oil shale and its relatives further down the the resource pyramid.
Piper Foster worked for the Sopris Foundation then spent a year in Germany studying the links between civic planning and energy use. Now she works for Amatis Controls, an Aspen-based company making affordable control systems that could revive interest in the lowly solar thermal panel. Earlier this year, Piper returned to Germany with a group of 12 to learn more about energy policy across the pond. On this episode of NRG with MG, Piper Foster tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason what she learned, and the US could learn, from the Germans.
Geology affects the lives of Coloradoans, whether it's the mountain lifestyle of skiing, hiking and whitewater sports, or proximity to resources that are mined or drilled. On this episode of NRG with MG, the Colorado State Geologist joins KDNK's Marilyn Gleason to talk about the links between geology and energy. We start with snow and ice. Arapahoe Glacier near Boulder is the southernmost glacier in the US, and one of a possibly dozen or so in the state, says Colorado Geological Survey's Vince Matthews.
On this episode of NRG with MG, we dig into the archives with Carbondale energy expert Randy Udall. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked Randy Udall to explore some unconventional ideas for greening energy, and to reflect on how, for once, competing interests found common ground.
In Garfield County we have CLEER - Clean Energy Economy for the Region. It's a sort of clearinghouse for efficiency programs and incentives. Some neighboring counties have pooled their efforts and shared millions in grant money from the Department of Energy. Adam Palmer is the Energy Smart program manager in Eagle County. On this episode of NRG with MG, Adam Palmer tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how efficiency is improving home economics in the region.
For more than a century, the Shoshone power plant has transformed flowing water into electricity for towns as near as Glenwood Springs and as far as Denver. Hydropower is an old technology that today still produces clean energy. On this episode of NRG with MG, we'll tour the hydroplant with an oldtimer. Gary Verdieck told KDNK's Marilyn Gleason just how long he's worked at the Shoshone Hydroelectric Plant.