The topic of energy can be a hot potato, whether the conversation is about how to regulate it or what kinds are best for the environment. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is dipping a toe into those waters with what’s called the Energy Forum on Thursday. The event has two main speakers, who represent a range of opinions in the Roaring Fork Valley. Christopher Guith is with the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C, and Energy Engineer Mike Ogburn is with the Carbondale nonprofit Clean Energy Economy for the Region, or CLEER. Reporter Elise Thatcher talks with them both.
Guith and Ogburn explain their respective views on the energy landscape today. Guith believes the boom in domestic natural gas and oil production is good for Western Colorado and the US, even with growing pains like low oil and gas prices. But there’s something else on Guith's mind. Ogburn has a more optimistic outlook, and describes working to expand energy conservation and renewables in the Roaring Fork Valley.