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Judge not …

(Regarding Steve Custenborder’s letter of Feb. 27.)

Steve, I would suggest that you take a “footprint” quiz, located at myfootprint.org. I think that you will find that you and the gentleman in the Hummer are not so far apart, in terms of the sum of your effect on the Earth or its carbon cycle. Nor is a change in the leadership of our country likely to change your respective footprints.

Steve, I would point out that if you drove up to Ruedi to fish, you and the guy in the Hummer were both using fossil fuels for the recreational catching of fish. Your gripe seems to be that the Hummer uses more gas in this endeavor than does your Ford.

Yes, environmental impact tends to be proportionate to income, but do you think Aspen and vicinity would be so well protected without the wealthy taking an interest in preserving it?

Steve, your environmental concerns, while warranted, are at best myopic and hardly to be considered proactive. Virtually every self-proclaimed environmentalist in this valley invests more money on recreational products and activities than they do on environmentally proactive investments such as solar cells.

This valley is as far from sustainability as anyplace on earth, yet the people who live here are always pointing their finger at the sins of others.

Environmental isolationism is the collective mantra of this valley. Steve, keep in mind that for the majority of manufactured items, energy is the number one cost component. Everything you use in fishing, from the rod and reel to the flies, has energy as a significant component in its manufacture.

Fishing for sport is a luxury, skiing, mountain biking and Hummers are luxuries, all consume fossil fuels either directly or indirectly. Your bias, your anger, is a comparative view of two luxuries, based on the volume of fuel that they consume. Steve, you may be “greener,” but driving to catch fish for fun still involves burning petroleum for “fun.”

If you read the footprint quiz, you will see that due to the valley’s climate and distance from food sources etc., there are far more environmentally friendly places to call home.

Steve, how much of the world’s fossil fuels have you used while endeavoring to outsmart fish for fun? How much extra carbon have you released by living in a cold climate? How much extra carbon have you released by living hundreds of miles from primary agricultural areas?

Leading a lifestyle commiserate with your income is hardly worthy of an environmental commendation. Should the millions of Americans that add less carbon to the carbon cycle than you do judge you as harshly?

Marco Diaz