Category Archives: Peter Miesler

Magical thinking threatens our government

Print this articleThe increasingly shrill and disconnected- from-physical-reality attacks on science by faith-based organizations and individuals have me thinking about an essay that evolutionary biologist Stephen Gould wrote some 20 years ago. It was an attempt to address the tension … Continue reading

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An abuse of free-speech rights

Print this articleBack in January, my Four Corners Free Press column was built around a talk by climate scientist Dr. Trenberth, an authority on our planet’s global heat and moisture distribution engine. In March there was a letter to the … Continue reading

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Saying no to reality

Print this articleRecently, I was minding my own business listening to a fascinating talk on YouTube titled, “Rooted in Earth History: the Devonian transition to a forested planet.” It was about strategies that Earth’s first ground-hugging plants adapted to escape … Continue reading

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Saying no to reality

Print this articleRecently, I was minding my own business listening to a fascinating talk on YouTube titled, “Rooted in Earth History: the Devonian transition to a forested planet.” It was about strategies that Earth’s first ground-hugging plants adapted to escape … Continue reading

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Saving La Plata?

Print this articleChildren of the Intellectual Enlightenment, liberals, progressives, seekers of objective facts and rational learning based on constructive debates, believers in our pluralistic society and our democratic way of government, please look around and take note. We are in … Continue reading

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We need a real dialogue about climate

Print this articleEarly in December, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers he intended to organize a “Red Team vs. Blue Team” exercise to debate climate change. Pruitt is being willfully blind to the fact that the scientific … Continue reading

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What would the Village accomplish?

Print this articleThe suspense is over. Red McCombs and family have decided to appeal Judge Matsch’s May decision, which nullified the 2015 Village at Wolf Creek/ LMJV landswap agreement with the Rio Grande National Forest/US Agriculture Department. There’s much to … Continue reading

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An open letter to Red McCombs

Print this articleI believe it is appropriate to personally petition Mr. McCombs and his daughter Marsha M. Shields, asking them to completely reconsider their out-of-date plans for a mountain village at Alberta Park, high on Wolf Creek Pass in Southwest … Continue reading

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Enough daydreaming

Print this articleI couldn’t bring myself to watch this year’s inauguration and from what I’ve heard about it, it was a good choice, blood pressure and all that. I mean, that’s the next President up there on the dais in … Continue reading

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Enough daydreaming

Print this articleI couldn’t bring myself to watch this year’s inauguration and from what I’ve heard about it, it was a good choice, blood pressure and all that. I mean, that’s the next President up there on the dais in … Continue reading

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America, it’s time to start talking

Print this articleIt seems to me the single most important lesson of this election is that “The Lie” has become acceptable mainstream political currency. Though the Left is guilty of this, Trump and his Alt-Right champions and Republican tea-partiers have … Continue reading

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Our health-care system lacks heart

Print this articleOn Sept. 8, I read a well-written but misleading letter to the editor in the Durango Telegraph. The letter dismissed ColoradoCare Amendment 69 and praised the perfection of our current Colorado workers comp arrangement. The author, a big-time … Continue reading

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GOP’s mindset is hard to fathom

Print this articleOn July 19, Ben Adler at grist.org reported on the GOP Platform’s environmental goals, compiling a list of 11 highlights. Republicans want to: • Cancel the Clean Power Plan • Abolish the EPA as we know it, or, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the GOP platform

Print this articleThe GOP Convention gave me a reason to read the 2016 Republican Platform. This is the distillation of their rank and file’s world outlook along with their wish list, so it’s worth paying attention to. I had intended … Continue reading

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Encouraging co-ops to look to renewables

Print this articleIt started with an email that read: “La Plata Electric Association’s board of directors is meeting on June 15 to consider a blanket waiver giving Tri-State Generation and Transmission, our power provider, the right to be the primary … Continue reading

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Concerning our failure to appreciate the weather

Print this article  Mike Keefe’s cartoon is reprinted with permission of the cartoonist. Twenty years ago I came across a cartoon by Mike Keefe in the Denver Post that captured an attitude I had found all too pervasive among my … Continue reading

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Please leave this beautiful site alone

Print this articleAfter writing about the June 20 “Honor Wolf Creek” art project in my most recent installment of the “Red McCombs’ Luxury Village at Wolf Creek” saga, I couldn’t resist driving up to Wolf Creek Pass to check it … Continue reading

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Plan for rape and Pillage reignites opposition

Print this articleUp in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, below Wolf Creek Pass, an epic wetlands-preservation struggle has been going on. The smoldering mess was reignited in May when the Rio Grande National Forest released its final decision regarding … Continue reading

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‘An Honest Liar’: The story of James Randi

Print this articleRecently I learned about a new documentary concerning James Randi, called “An Honest Liar.” Unfortunately, it won’t be out until early spring. What a shame, because though I’m no movie buff, here was one I wanted to watch. … Continue reading

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Why bother to vote?

Print this articleRecently I received a call from a local Democratic Party worker that went something like this: “Hey, Pete, how’s it going? Haven’t seen you around this campaign, we could really use some help at the office, any chance … Continue reading

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The magic that made the mountains

Print this articleBack in 1979, through a series of serendipitous cross-country hitch-hiking adventures I found myself driving down into Silverton and it was love at first sight — the setting, the town, the people, the community. Before I went to … Continue reading

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Were the floods tied to climate change?

Print this articleColorado experienced its most extreme weather event in recent memory between Sept. 9 and 15. Golden, Boulder and Larimer counties received the worst of it, with rain accumulations of 16-17 inches and more. Some areas received nine inches … Continue reading

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A recipe for creating the Grand Canyon

Print this articleAt 58, I can honestly say that geology has fascinated me for nearly half a century. Those first National Geographic maps and Popular Science stories about Earth’s tectonic plates and the Ring of Fire grabbed my young imagination. … Continue reading

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Climate change is physics

Print this articleI read Gail’s excellent articles on climate change in the July Free Press with much interest, particularly “Locals’ views differ on warming theory,” where the opinions were truly saddening. Quotes such as: “It’s climate change, but I’m not … Continue reading

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It takes a village to fight the Village

Print this articleThe sad saga of Alberta Park began back in the 1980s, when a billionaire purchased some private land within the Saguache Ranger District of the Rio Grande National Forest. It was nice land — land the Forest Service … Continue reading

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McCombs tries again for Village at Wolf Creek

Print this articleIt appears Billy Joe “Red” McCombs’ longtime dream of constructing a luxury resort town in the middle of Alberta Park (elevation: 10,300 feet), nestled against the Continental Divide on Wolf Creek Pass Colorado and coincidentally home to some … Continue reading

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Playing games with global warming

Print this articlePerhaps the most enduring argument global-warming skeptics use against the broad scientific consensus regarding manmade climate change is attacking something called the “Mann hockey-stick graph.” What’s a hockey stick got to do with understanding global warming? Well, it … Continue reading

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Why we need the IPCC

Print this articleOn Feb. 19, the U.S. House voted 244- 179 to kill funding for the International Panel on Climate Change because, they claim, we can’t trust them and we don’t need their stinking information anyways. (The bill has yet … Continue reading

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The denial machine keeps cranking

Print this articleWhat a long, strange trip it’s been. Forty years ago I was a bright-eyed high-school science student learning about greenhouse gases and the atmosphere and how that related to this incredibly fruitful climate our society has been enjoying, … Continue reading

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