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On this episode of NRG with MG, local energy expert Randy Udall tells how an unlikely marriage of utilites, coal miners and the Aspen Skiing Company began turning bad climate pollution to good use in Paonia last month. And, the International Energy Agency in its recent annual report caused lots of buzz by predicting the US could become the world's largest oil producer in the foreseeable future. But as Udall tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason, he's skeptical about the prediction, even though under President Obama, US oil production has increased substantially.
On this episode of NRG with MG, author Chris Nelder tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how gas producers flip property to make a profit. Nelder has written books on profitably investing in renewable and conventional energy. He begins with how, before fracking became common, gas prices were soaring, which spurred new technology and a price crash.
Prices for energy and other commodities have been plagued by volatility in recent years and many of these resources are mined and produced in Colorado. The state Geological Survey tracks the prices of these minerals as they bounce around and on this episode of NRG with MG, State Geologist Vince Matthews tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how the the recession has forced conservation and helped stabilize some prices.
Conspicuously absent from recent presidential debates was the climate question. Economic worries tend to cancel out climate concerns, and this year the economy trumped other issues. On this Election Day edition of NRG with MG, local expert Randy Udall is back to offer insights on energy issues, beginning with the two candidates' willingness to talk about alternative energy, but without mention of climate change.
Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. This week on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues. Last week we heard from commissioner John Martin, running for a fifth term. He is running against today's guest, Sonja Linman, a 23-year resident of Garfield County with a background in education. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason started by asking Linman to speak broadly about energy here is Garfield County.
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.