Inside Colorado Springs’ Problematic Power Plant

By Rachel Colchete In a conference room inside Colorado Springs’ coal-burning Martin Drake power plant, five utility workers sat across from a group of Colorado College students clutching notebooks—barriers that seemed to separate the students from the workers who feel misunderstood by the public. The Drake plant has become a hot topic within Colorado Springs.…

Coal plant employees survive amidst dying industry

By Leah Thayer COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO As a part of Colorado’s goal to reduce emissions and air pollution, the Martin Drake coal-run power plant is currently planned to be decommissioned by 2035. With this plan, comes uncertainty regarding the jobs of almost 1,800 people throughout the corporation. “It hurts a little bit, thinking about decommissioning,” said…

Climate Change and Feelings of Profound Loss

By Rachel Colchete Naturalist John Hunt has a deep sensitivity for the land, often exploring the forest and observing the state of the earth, plants, and animals sharing the 80 acres of land he lives on.  Hunt notices when someone has stripped the bark from a tree or plucked flowers from a bush. He bristles…

As Sustainable Energy Closes in on the Coal Industry, Workers at Drake Martin Power Plant Find Comfort in Their Business

By Sam Bower COLORADO SPRINGS – Sitting in the conference room with its drop ceiling hiding evidence of the relic boiler that used to occupy the space, workers in Colorado Springs’ coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant grappled with the impending 2035 decommissioning as part of a shift toward cleaner energy. “This is home,” plant manager…

Coal plant employees feel misunderstood

By Mitchell Adams  Employees at the coal-burning Martin Drake Power Station in Colorado Springs say they feel misunderstood by climate activists who view burning fossil fuels negatively due to their prolific emission of harmful greenhouse gasses.  “We have the cards that we’ve been dealt,” said Ian Gavin, the manager of the power plant, while discussing…

Colorado College students wrestle with eco-grief

By Mitchell Adams  From being unable to play outside with friends as a child due to extreme heat in Botswana to losing the ability to jump off of a beloved pier on Lake Michigan because it became submerged due to lake rise, students at Colorado College have been grappling with the mental impacts of climate…