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Thursday, August 22,2013

Don’t trade pennies for your planet

Why we must municipalize our electric utility

By Joel Dyer
is an old political joke in my business in which a reporter who doesn’t much care for a particular candidate shouts out at a press conference, “Do you still beat your wife?” The candidate, who of course has never done such a despicable thing, quickly responds that the whole thing is a vicious lie.
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Thursday, August 15,2013

Rocky Mountain Folks Fest preview: The hard road

Some artists use life's tough times to connect us all

By Joel Dyer
Art affects us. It’s powerful. It can knock us down like a hammer or keep us afloat even after we stop treading water.
Thursday, June 27,2013

Silver lining for organic farmers in Monsanto suit

By Joel Dyer
On June 10, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a ruling in favor of Monsanto in a lawsuit filed against the seed industry giant by Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association (OSGATA), et. al., in 2010.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Debunking the gas industry’s pitch

Does unrestrained drilling really lead to the promised tens of thousands of new jobs and energy independence?

By Joel Dyer
Marketing is a tough job, particularly when you’re trying to push something that most people don’t really want, say, for instance, a giant natural gas production platform stuck right in the middle of a neighborhood or next to a school or maybe even in someone’s backyard, provided the yard is big enough.
Thursday, June 13,2013

NSA's domestic spying program: Beware the wolf

Our government’s domestic spying has damaged the nation more than any terrorist attack ever could

By Joel Dyer
If you just thought to yourself, “It makes me feel safer,” do America a favor and never vote again.
Thursday, May 30,2013

Failure to extend drilling moratorium sparks talk of recall election for commissioners

By Joel Dyer
If the emails crossing my screen these days are to be believed, then last week's vote by the Boulder County commissioners to allow the county's moratorium on oil and gas drilling to expire is shaping up to be the Lexington/Concord of the great fracking showdown.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Hiding behind the flag

How the oil and gas industry exploits patriotism to screw America

By Joel Dyer
Every time I drive by a drilling rig with an American flag attached to it I want to tear it down and hand-deliver it, along with a few choice words, to the industry marketing jerk who signed the order to put it there.
Thursday, May 9,2013

The bad news: Hickenlooper is not delusional

By Joel Dyer
Colorado’s Republi … Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper was in Boulder a few days back speaking at the FrackingSENSE lecture series that the University of Colorado puts on. As is the norm for the governor these days, he spent a fair amount of time bemoaning his reputation as a puppet of the oil and gas industry.
Thursday, May 2,2013

What’s wrong with this picture?

By Joel Dyer
Two pro-gun-rights billboards have recently gone up in Greeley and they’re causing quite a stir, as in you can read about them in The Washington Post kind of stir. But why have a couple of political signs sparked so much controversy and who is paying for them?
Thursday, April 25,2013

Colorado 'promotes' natural-gas catastrophe that now threatens Colorado River

By Joel Dyer
Parachute Creek is now officially contaminated with cancer-causing benzene and heaven knows what else.