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Brian Ray James (Brian)
Worked at Denver Office of Economic Development
Attended University of Colorado Denver
Lives in Bryn Mawr, PA
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Despite that confluence of words, Obama did not in fact veto the Keystone XL pipeline. Rather, he vetoed a bill from Congress that would have forced approval of the pipeline project, but he did this because he wants to retain the power to make the Keystone decision himself — and he could still decide either way.
But from the misleading messages some green groups have been spreading on social media, you'd think he really did.
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Does this mean that we greenies think people should give up holiday fun, or freeze in the dark with the rest of the family? Not at all! Rather, it’s a good time to reflect on the choices we make, and how much joy we get from them.
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This is so freaking cool!

#energy #renewables #bikepath
 
While Solar (Freakin') Roadways tools up for development in the US, SolaRoads has completed the world's first solar right-of-way in the form of a bike path in the Netherlands. A 230 ft. (70 m) length of bike path has been converted to glass-covered solar panels embedded into concrete, and will serve as a test platform for the technology.
http://bit.ly/1qtEUoB
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How about something calm and peaceful to start the day?
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A related finding is that climate change poses serious risks to basic human progress, in areas such as alleviating poverty. Under the worst-case scenarios, factors like high food prices and intensified weather disasters would most likely leave poor people worse off. In fact, the report said, that has already happened to a degree.

#climatechange #environment #poverty #health #politics
 
After the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest, most strongly worded report on climate change yesterday, UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, pleaded for strong action at the upcoming climate summit in Lima.
“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.”
http://nyti.ms/1pgS4KI
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-yeah, and the oil and coal company aren't on our side either. 
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Madeleine Albright gave Conan O'Brien a master class in Twitter comebacks: http://on.mash.to/1nCXz5f
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Morning autumn color.

#trees #nature #photography
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Last week, an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank came to a startling conclusion: By 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except three. That's without any changes to existing policy. In other words, we're only a few years away from the point where, in most of the United States, there will be no economic reason not to go solar. If you care about slowing climate change or just moving toward cleaner energy, that is a huge deal.

#energy   #renewableenergy   #climatechange  
It's been a bit player, but solar power is about to shine.
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In the Anthropocene, it’s time to stop thinking of people as separate and distinct from “the environment.” We eat the environment. We drink the environment. We are an integral part of the environment. When we realize that all life is part of one big system, we open our cities to lessons nature has been beta testing for billions of years. And in that notion lies the greatest hope for our planet.

#cities #urbanplanning #ecosystems
For too long we have ignored the relationships between built and natural environments.
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Can an ancient legal principle with roots in Roman law serve as a tool for the climate protection movement?
About Jeremy Brecher. Jeremy Brecher is a historian of social movements, a founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability, and author of Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival (Paradigm Publishers, January 2015). He is the author of more than a dozen other books on labor and social ...
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Decades of accelerating carbon emissions have set Big Oil on a collision course with the interests of humanity. Oil extraction has always externalized its environmental costs, shifting them onto nearby (usually economically disadvantaged or Indigenous) communities: polluted drinking water, cancer and respiratory disease, poisoned fish stocks, deforestation. Now the damage it is doing to the climate on a global level has started to bite.

#energy #environment #climatechange
Change is coming. Jess Worth examines whether growing pressure for divestment and disruption can knock Big Oil off its perch.
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Urban/Environmental Planner, Husband, Father
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  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Associate City Planner - Environmental Planning Review, 2011 - 2013
  • Colorado Center for Community Development
    Graduate Assistant - GIS & Planning, 2010 - 2011
  • Denver Public Works
    Planning & Policy Intern, 2009 - 2010
  • University of Colorado Land Use Futures Lab
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2008 - 2009
  • Eco-Justice Ministries
    Outreach Coordinator, 2008 - 2008
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
    Environmental & Historic Review Research Assistant, 2007 - 2007
  • FedEx Kinko's/Kinko's
    Various, 1993 - 2006
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Bryn Mawr, PA
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Denver, CO - Loveland, CO - San Luis Obispo, CA - Chula Vista, CA
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"Not all those who wander are lost." I sure as heck hope that's true!
Introduction
I consider myself both an urbanist and an environmentalist. Done right, the two are not at odds. I am interested in sustainable and resilient community development that protects environmental and economic systems while providing opportunities for advancement for all members of a community. I am also into how geographic information system (GIS) technology can help with achieving those goals.

I'm into progressive politics, though I try and be respectful of differing viewpoints. Sometimes, I do find that conservatives come up with really good ideas, and I try to be open to that. Indeed, I am starting to think that our old liberal/conservative divides may be outdated, but I'm not sure yet.

I am a person of faith; I am a Christian and an active member of The Episcopal Church. However, anyone of any faith tradition, or of no religious inclination at all, who is interested in creating a fair and sustainable future for all, is someone I want to have an energetic but respectful conversation with.

For fun, I'm a bit of a tech nut, especially for Apple tech, and have a growing respect for Google (hence why I'm on Google+!). I love to read fantasy literature (JRR Tolkien & Terry Brooks are favorites) when time allows. But above all, I love to just hang out with my wife and son.

All posts are my own opinions and are not reflective of my employers or any other group I am a part of. Let the conversations begin!
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New daddy to the most amazing son ever!
Education
  • University of Colorado Denver
    Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Denver
    Master of Applied Science - Environmental Policy & Management, 2004 - 2008
  • California Polytechnic State University
    BS Landscape Architecture, 1988 - 1993
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