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Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

The ongoing debate over the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant has been almost exclusively locally focused. Proponents and opponents alike have examined local costs, local health impacts and Drake’s impact on the local economy. But Colorado Springs isn’t an island, and it may be that a newly unfolding national energy narrative will make the positions… Continue Reading Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

Time to vote on Utilities governance

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Bring together almost any group of prominent community leaders these days, and inevitably the subject turns to Colorado Springs Utilities — in particular, the future of Martin Drake Power Plant. On one extreme, there are the environmentalists, who are more determined to force the issue of closure after the May 5 fire that temporarily shut… Continue Reading Time to vote on Utilities governance

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Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

Those of us unfortunate enough to report on politics are used to hysteria. If, for example, it became publicly known that your boss was foolin’ around with his female subordinates, it would be unfortunate for those involved and their families, but hardly a matter of countywide concern. But Sheriff Terry Maketa? Given the indignantly expressed… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

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Editorial: Where to find help for Drake

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Little did anyone realize how quickly the ground could shift underneath Colorado Springs Utilities as the result of a single unexpected mishap. But that’s exactly where we are now with the temporary forced closure of Martin Drake Power Plant after the near-catastrophic fire of May 5. Make no mistake, that fire qualifies as yet another… Continue Reading Editorial: Where to find help for Drake

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One death is a tragedy — a million deaths is a statistic.” That epigram, often attributed to Joseph Stalin, neatly sums up two characteristics of our species: sentimentality and innumeracy. We don’t like to think about large numbers, big data or inexorable fate. We’d much rather focus on our own lives, the lives of those… Continue Reading Here’s a comparison to warm up your mind

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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

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The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually,… Continue Reading Close Drake to save financial, environmental costs

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Suppose it’s 1975, and you love your ’70 Plymouth Superbird and its fire-breathing 440 6-pack. It’s cool, it’s paid for, it’s sleek and it’s fast. Gas is cheap … but wait a minute! The damn government bureaucrats at something called the EPA are changing the rules — some nonsense about smog and lead pollution. You… Continue Reading City faces tough options, and consequences, for Drake

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Drake ranks seventh for pollution in state

The Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs is the seventh filthiest in the state, according to Environment Colorado, a research and policy nonprofit. “In 2011, [Drake] emitted 1.6 million metric tons of global-warming carbon dioxide pollution, which is about the same as the annual emissions from 34,000 cars,” said Lindsey Wilson, field associate for… Continue Reading Drake ranks seventh for pollution in state

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Drake panel still looks at possible closure

The Drake task force is about one-third of the way through its process of studying the future of the city-owned, coal-fired power plant, and it is conducting a public hearing tonight  to keep people informed of what’s at stake. “We’ve met twice, and we’ve hired a consultant to examine the scenarios about the plant,” said… Continue Reading Drake panel still looks at possible closure

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