Global warming in Aspen |

Global warming in Aspen

Dear Editor:I would like to thank Russ Andrews for his recent letter to the editor on global warming. He points out a very important opportunity for the Roaring Fork Valley in addressing global warming: to objectively study global warming and how it may affect our community, and to not be extreme in our statements or predictions. The first step the city of Aspen is taking in its Canary Initiative is to do a comprehensive scientific assessment of the likely impacts of global warming on Aspen. When we have better information, we can more wisely plan ways to reduce the amount of global warming and to adapt to the warming that is already happening. In Aspen, we know that fall is arriving later by more than a week every two decades. We know that winter is ending more than 10 days earlier than it did 50 years ago. The number of really cold days is dropping a few days each decade. We are not the kind of community that throws up our hands and says we cannot solve a problem. I believe the valley can tackle this problem rationally and effectively. There is an overwhelming consensus among scientists that global warming is happening and that humans are responsible for most of the recent temperature increase. But that does not mean we will stop traveling and live in freezing houses. We can all do our part in our daily lives with measures that make sense anyway, because they save us money. We can do things to reduce future risks. We can let our state and federal elected officials know they should take this issue seriously so there are technologies and incentives to help businesses address the problem. The city encourages people who have suggestions to call the Environmental Health Department at 920-5075.Lee CassinAspen Environmental Health director

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