Libs narrow-minded on climate change |

Libs narrow-minded on climate change

Dear Editor:

Despite Auden Schendler’s letter (“Columnist’s arguments not supported by facts,” March 12, The Aspen Times) assailing my column about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the debate over global warming, I stand by everything I wrote (“Aspen’s Chicken Littles are back,” March 7, The Aspen Times).

And, rather than go back and forth here on whether I had my facts right, I encourage readers to do their own research. I assure you that a short trip around the Web will reveal numerous authoritative sources for every one of my statements – especially the scientific debate on whether we are in a decade-long cooling trend.

If anyone really believes that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is responsible for blocking climate-change legislation, then I have a couple of bridges to sell you. As I pointed out in my column, Democrats led the efforts to kill the Kyoto Protocols and bury “cap and trade” legislation. Most recently, President Obama intervened with the Environmental Protection Agency to stop new, job-killing smog rules.

But rather than explain to their liberal friends why their radical climate agenda is politically unacceptable to most Americans, Democrats have tried to create a boogeyman in the U.S. chamber. Judging by the whole brouhaha here in Aspen, a whole lot of gullible folks seem to be falling for it.

Last, I might also point out that it’s more than a little rich to be lectured about climate change by Schendler, who, by the way, failed to point out in his letter that he is in charge of environmental sustainability for Aspen Skiing Co. Like the piano player in the brothel who feigns ignorance about what is going on upstairs, Schendler touts his success at putting energy-efficient light bulbs in the garage at The Little Nell while at street level a fleet of Skico Cadillac Escalades whisks people from their private jets to their luxury suites.

Charlie Leonard


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