Items by Allen Best
After seeing a talk by climate activist Tim DeChristopher, the author wonders: which energy source is the lesser of many evils?
Reviving a small hydroelectric plant on Castle Creek was supposed to help the city's utility get closer to providing 100 percent carbon free electricity as part of an effort to fight climate change. Instead, it's kicked up a furor.
As the pipeline route is decided, ranchers worry about impacts to water quality in the case of spills
It's hard for journalists to talk about climate change, but they need to keep telling the story, especially when writing about natural disasters.
Colorado environmentalists goofed when they opposed a bill that would have harnessed the methane produced by coal mines as a form of renewable energy.
Lack of planning rules and the housing bubble led to dead subdivisions plaguing the West, especially in Teton County, Idaho, where locals are trying to deal with the impacts of the real estate bust, yet still arguing if planning even works.
The fossils found near Colorado's Snowmass Village have a lot to teach us: not just about mastodons and mammoths, but also about the climate and ecosystem that existed tens of thousands of years ago.
After too many recent dry years, residents of the Rocky Mountains are relishing the music of running water.
The fallout from the fracas over Greg Mortenson's book, "Three Cups of Tea," ranges from Afghanistan to Montana and the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colo.
Climate change is a problem, but that doesn’t mean it’s responsible for every bad thing that happens in the West.
Photographer Meredith Ogilby and writer Corinne Platt interview 49 Western "heavy-lifters" in their new book, Voices of the American West.
The late "Chips" Barry, executive director of Denver Water Board, changed that formidable institution for the best.
A new Colorado air quality law pits coal against natural gas -- and rural environmentalists against urban ones.
Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's decision to run for governor of Colorado may throw a spanner into Republican plans to re-take the West.
As climate change and water shortages bring an end to the era of dams, the federal Bureau of Reclamation seeks to reinvent itself.
Colorado's bark beetle epidemic is unlike anything that has ever happened to the state in its brief history.
In Power of the People: America’s New Electricity Choices, energy specialist Carol Sue Tombari has written a concise and remarkably readable book about the best way to tackle our nation’s energy problems.
Allen Best says we’d save on both oil and sanity – and even have a chance to enjoy the scenery – if we’d slow down on Western highways.