Letter: Junk mail and the fleecing of the Aspen electorate
So I got a piece of mail today that I didn’t really want. When I looked at the return address I realized, much to my dismay, that it was from the “Anti-Hydro Propaganda Machine.”
So I started to ask myself: Who are these people and why are they willing to spend so much money to prevent such a forward-thinking, environmentally friendly project? If you multiply the 49-cent stamp times however many people they sent this letter to (probably the entire population of Aspen, hopefully minus the kids that are too young to vote — yikes, 5,000), you realize that’s a lot of dough for a mailer. That’s right before you get sad about how many trees were used to make it!
But that’s when I remembered their strategy to fleece the Aspen electorate: make us believe that taking clean water and creating clean energy from the river and then returning it is such a bad, bad idea.
I mean, who in the world wants to kill a river? I remember the grotesque posters “to kill a stream” with dead trout swimming around. At the time of the vote, some of my most environmentally conscious and well-educated friends were caught thinking out loud, “Oh my God, we can’t kill a river!”
I was forced to reflect on a horrible bit of history when massive amounts of Germans were led to believe by a powerful and resourceful propaganda machine that all their Jewish neighbors were unwelcome people.
Who is it that is spending all of this money on this campaign to prevent environmentally clean, forward-thinking, healthy river objectives from creating clean-air energy? Then I remembered Bill Koch and his wealthy neighbors living upstream Castle Creek.
Why would that guy ever want clean-energy initiatives when all of the money he makes comes from dirty oil and gas drilling around the world?
Dear friends: Don’ t get fleeced by this well-heeled initiative to prevent a clean-energy option for Aspen. Instead, let’s lead the charge from the headwaters on a global rethinking of where and how we source our energy. This tremendous “green,” community-driven energy can float downstream for the greater good of the world.
When I recycled the unwanted “junk” mail I received today, the black soot of the “dirty” mailer was replaced by sunrise visions “of clear blue water and skies” and the “greenest” of forests leading to the sea!
Thanks for your postcard, Bill.
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Ballots will be counted Tuesday evening for the city of Aspen municipal election.