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Freakish weather a cry for hydro

Dear Editor:

Snow in West Virginia, floods in New York City and trees down in Connecticut. This past week, electric power was out in many parts of the Eastern United States as a result of the Superstorm Sandy. This storm emphasized the need to have an alternate source of clean power available at all times for emergencies.

What better opportunity than the Castle Creek Energy Center to provide Aspen with such an emergency source of power in our own backyard? The super storm brought back memories of the Labor Day storm of 1961 here in Aspen, which required me to start up a 70-year-old hydroelectric power plant in order to provide emergency power to a cold and dark Aspen.

These two incidents, 50 years and many miles apart, should prove without doubt the need for prudent planning and flexibility in providing for Aspen’s energy needs. We in Aspen are fortunate to have in our own backyard the ability to restore clean and renewable, nonpolluting, hydroelectric energy for Aspen citizens without detriment to the aquatic habitat of our local streams. If it could be done in the past, it can be done again for our future generations. Aspen needs clean generation for the next generation and power to and for the people!

Read the final paragraph of the first page of “Weather to Be In Aspen” from “An Aspen Weather Guide” by Jim Markalunas, available at the public library. Please be serious about Aspen’s future energy needs and vote “yes” on 2C for clean generation for the next generation.

Jim Markalunas

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