Items by Allen Best
Allen Best applauds Kansas for denying permits to two proposed coal-fired power plants because of concerns about greenhouse gases.
In the rural West, some electricity co-ops are taking a surprising stand against over-reliance on coal-fired power.
Allen Best debunks rumors of a behind-the-scenes deal between Vail Resorts and the Forest Service over lynx reintroduction.
In Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future, Jeff Goodell reveals how the sausage is made when it comes to the primary source of America’s electricity.
Allen Best thinks the moral pendulum has swung a little too far against the country’s remaining smokers.
The writer advises backcountry skiers and snowmobilers to carry a survival tool that’s low-tech but mandatory: a shovel.
Westerners are making a few small efforts to conserve energy in the face of higher prices, but environmentalists wonder what it will take to inspire a real change in behavior
Charlie Lybrand enjoys living in his transit-oriented complex in metro Denver, because he rarely has to drive to get to college or go out to party
Architect Kevin Koernig, who commutes from suburban Littleton to downtown Denver, loves light rail because it saves him money, keeps him healthy, and gives him extra time to read
Longer commuter rails could connect the West’s far-flung cities in ways they haven’t been connected since the glory days of the railroad
Denver, Colo., one of the West’s most sprawling, traffic-choked cities, has become a champion of mass transit with FasTracks, its ambitious light-rail project
James Howard Kunstler talks about the end of oil, and how the West’s exurbs will expire when the automobile does
George Abramajtis, like most other exurbanites, loves his life in a Colorado mountain subdivision, despite the long daily commute
Living the good life in the ’exurbs’ is draining our tax coffers and devouring the West’s open spaces, but large-lot development continues to explode.
Like tree rings, ice cores create a record of the climate of the past, and the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver houses the largest collection of polar ice cores in the world
Using magnesium chloride on winter highways in Colorado and the West makes mountain driving safer, but critics worry about its impacts on vehicles – and on wildlife, trees, water and people