Summer isn’t the only thing heating up Denver’s 16th Street Mall this July. Pedestrians and workers are seeing more activity as advocates gather signatures for energy-related ballot issues.
A few of these proposals restrict oil and gas drilling, while others support it. With their contradictory messages – including sometimes inaccurate talking points from both sides – some Colorado voters say they are getting confused.
The headwaters of the Cuyahoga River run smooth and pudding-brown; warblers dart through flooded underbrush, and the canoe I'm in travels swiftly and silently downstream.
This river, an icon of the modern environmental movement, is perhaps most famous for catching fire multiple times in the 1960s and catalyzing the series of environmental protections the U.S. Congress passed in that era. It's now mostly clean, and serves as a symbol for another environmental problem -- the potential risk the natural gas boom poses to clean water in Ohio and other states experiencing a rush of energy activity.