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A first step

Dear Editor:Even one person can make a positive difference. If only one person recycles their plastic refuse, yes, there is only a very small impact on the world’s trash problem, unless others follow and also start recycling their trash. A trend is created and grows so that recycling becomes the standard of behavior across the nation – then we make a big difference. Indeed, that is what has happened with regard to trash and recycling. The same principle can be applied to energy issues. Aspen’s Canary Initiative is a first step taken by our town that, although small, will make a difference – especially if others follow. Aspen can become a model in energy conservation practices for other small and large towns. If we join together to implement solutions that counteract global warming, we can have a positive impact on a global problem, especially by setting an example that others can follow.We can’t rely on the federal government to get us out of this global warming mess. Indeed, ours has repeatedly undermined any effort to combat the problem and continues to implement policies that worsen global warming and undermine policies that might help combat excessive carbon dioxide emissions. So we individuals, towns, states, and NPOs must take it upon ourselves to do the best we can to conserve the world’s natural systems for all time. Indeed, were the only ones that can. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, that is the only thing that ever has.”So you folks from the Cato Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis and other like think-tanks – since you haven’t been especially effectual in implementing solutions to a very real problem, I guess it’s just up to us regular folks to get on with the business of solving the global issues – one town at a time. Dee MaloneAspen

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