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Pete Kolbenschlag

Pete Kolbenschlag

Pete Kolbenschlag is a long-time climate activist, public lands advocate and conservation leader writing from the North Fork Valley of western Colorado.

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Do not let polluters sabotage our climate future

By: - November 14, 2023

Developing solar power to facilitate more fracked gas production, as a recently reported project on the Western Slope will do, is not a gain for climate. This is so even if the connected utility can claim climate points (as it intends to do) toward meeting Colorado‚Äôs greenhouse gas reduction goals. In fact the International Energy […]

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Time is ripe for rural climate action

By: - June 2, 2023

There is no better time to invest in rural Colorado and in climate action. The best science is telling us that the window is still slamming shut for staving off significantly worse effects from climate change. Congress might be focused on the debt limit and spending cuts, but we should not be distracted by the […]

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Infrastructure can help unite urban and rural frontline communities

By: - May 25, 2021

A column recently ran in the Daily Yonder, an online newspaper covering rural issues, piqued my interest. The premise was that struggling rural places should find common cause with other disaffected communities. With the challenges we face, rural Americans should see value connecting with others who are also often marginalized. Rather than separated by a […]