December 30, 2008
The front page of The Aspen Times reports that City Council wants to outlaw the single natural gas hearth on the downtown mall on the grounds that it emits too much carbon ” nine pounds a year, claims the council.
To put this in perspective, that amounts to about one-20th of the yearly methane emissions of one cow (or one llama ” you choose).
This latest dictate by the politburo suggests that they have both too much power and too much focus on their own feel-good image. What’s next, a ban on burning gas to generate electricity for the blue lights on the trees downtown or the thousands of bulbs on the Sardy House tree?
What about the folly of using megawatts to haul thousands of people up a mountain so that they can slide back down it on slick boards? Or the energy used in mowing the grass at the park? For that matter, what about the wasted energy involved in living in the mountains all winter rather than somewhere toasty warm like Houston (a one-way ticket to which I would buy for our council)?
I’m sure the council’s sanctimonious proclamations are wonderful for their self-image (“ohhh … I’m so enviro-friendly … and please get me another latte grande!”). But when people are dying in Darfur and cultures are being exterminated in Tibet, surely these small-town social engineers can express a more serious sentiment.
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