Kennedy speech expected to pack ’em in at Wheeler |

Kennedy speech expected to pack ’em in at Wheeler

A plan to capitalize on the Winter X Games to spread an environmental message by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. already appears to be working.Kennedy’s free public lecture has been switched from the 340-seat Paepcke Auditorium to the 500-seat Wheeler Opera House to accommodate what’s expected to be high demand, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.Kennedy, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, is speaking at 5:30 p.m. Friday, the same day the X Games kick off. The NRDC and Skico scheduled the event during the X Games to reach its broad, young audience, according to Skico Director of Environmental Affairs Auden Schendler. They hope to educate people about climate change and spur them to take action.Roaring Fork Valley residents are already showing an appetite for Kennedy’s message.”It’s been insane,” Schendler said. “We’ve done a lot of talks but for this one I’ve received dozens of calls from people asking how they can get tickets.”His advice is to pick them up in advance at the Wheeler box office. It’s unlikely tickets will still be available by Friday afternoon.Kennedy’s talk is titled “Breaking Free to a New Energy Economy: The Politics and Potential for Change.” It’s being presented by the Skico and NRDC in partnership with the Wheeler Opera House Community Series.Kennedy has targeted President Bush and his administration for allegedly rolling back environmental protections and failing to enforce environmental laws. His recently published book is “Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy.”Scott Condon’s e-mail address is

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