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Thursday, July 12,2012

Fracking out of a recession

By Paul Danish
Let’s begin with a short quiz. What two things do the following nine states have in common: Colorado, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Montana, Oklahoma and North Dakota?
Thursday, June 28,2012

Oil wells vs. subdivisions

By Paul Danish
At a recent debate on fracking, Peter Champe of the Longmont anti-fracking group Our Future, Our Health, Our Longmont, summed up his group’s brief. Fracking is a major industrial activity, he said, and major industrial activities aren’t allowed in residential neighborhoods. Trouble is, that’s not quite accurate.
Thursday, June 14,2012

The heart of the city — what’s to be done?

By Paul Danish
According to a story in the Sunday edition of Brand X paper, Boulder planners are looking for ideas about how to further develop Boulder’s “civic heart” — by which they mean the area bounded by Ninth and 17th Streets on the west and east, and Arapahoe and Canyon on the south and north, with Boulder Creek running through it.
Thursday, May 31,2012

Barack and the Choom Gang

By Paul Danish
According to a new Rasmussen poll of likely voters, 56 percent of those surveyed favor legalizing marijuana and regulating it like alcohol. That might turn into something of a problem for the current president of the United States, who according to a new biography was a serious stoner in his high school days.
Thursday, May 17,2012

Boulder’s lifestyle depends on the use of fracking

By Paul Danish
A couple of weeks ago the price of natural gas dropped below $2 per thousand cubic feet, the lowest it has been in more than a decade before rebounding somewhat. For that, the 99 percent — the 99 percent of Boulder residents who heat their homes with natural gas, that is — can thank an oil company.
Thursday, May 3,2012

Think globally, and fry locally

By Paul Danish
WHeh. According to a paper published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Climate Change, windmills can cause global warming.
Thursday, April 19,2012

CU’s misguided 4/20 approach

By Paul Danish
CU has an interesting new strategy for dealing with the campus’s annual 4/20 rally and pot inhalation this year. It appears to have gotten it from North Korea.
Thursday, April 5,2012

The folly of compulsory national service

By Paul Danish
The New York Times columnist David Brooks wants to bring back the draft. Or at least some form of compulsory universal national service. He thinks it will bring Americans back together again.
Thursday, March 22,2012

The president’s astonishing chutzpa

By Paul Danish
President Obama has been flitting around the country intimating that U.S. natural gas reserves have tripled in the last three years as a result of his administration’s policies. His chutzpa is astonishing.
Thursday, March 8,2012

Climate change & the ingratitude of the eighth generation

By Paul Danish
“Why should I do anything for posterity? What has posterity ever done for me?” —Groucho Marx Good question that, even if it was intended to be a joke. The correct answer is because half a billion years of evolution on this planet preclude you from doing anything else — unless you happen to be one of natural selection’s culls.