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Better ideas needed

Dear Editor:It was good to see the city endorse an initiative to become more efficient and environmentally responsible. But, most of the specifics submitted were about spending dollars to create more, rather than less.There were dollars to be spent to boost purchases of windpower, dollars to be spent to build a new hydroelectric plant, dollars for consultants to assess global warming and more dollars for more water rights, a new city position, and a conference.What about some money to implement ideas to reduce our wasteful and often silly ways? How about ideas to discourage the use of huge SUVs in town? How about parking meters specific to cars? Below a certain horsepower or fuel consumption or weight, you can get a meter that gives you five hours. Vehicles at the other extreme can only get one-hour parking meters.What about incentives to discourage large empty houses or outlawing outdoor winter pools, hot tubs and heated driveways? And maybe real incentives to build small, efficient homes?Now, with many new projects in the valley, don’t you think it is time to revisit a train, at least from Aspen to Snowmass Village?Having been in the Alps part of this winter, there seems to be so many exciting steps, small and large, yet often simple, we could take to make the resort end of the valley much more sustainable and efficient, without spending any money.Maybe you could begin with a community challenge and competition to find the best ideas.John McBrideAspen


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