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Dear Editor:

As we all know climate change is a real problem. In this year alone we have seen some drastic changes in our local weather. Less snowfall and high temperatures have led to less and worse snowpack. This, in turn, affects our local economy. One way Coloradans can help reduce our environmental impact and save energy is with energy-efficient building practices.

There are a few solutions that I think would be effective at tackling this problem. First, the government should provide incentives or tax cuts for people who use environmentally efficient building practices. For example, if someone who is building or remodeling a house installs solar panels, builds most living areas facing the south, or insulates the house they would be eligible for tax cuts and incentives.

The second policy is to offer bonds to help pay for the upgrades to houses. One organization that does this right now is PACE, Property Assessed Clean Energy. They work with the government to provide bonds to builders who are installing energy-saving items. Boulder County already has passed PACE-enabling legislation. There is a possibility for up to $500 billion in bonds if PACE and the government join forces. This option also will create local jobs as the money comes in to the building industry.

Colorado needs its snow, and if climate change remains unaddressed then soon Colorado will have less and less snow. Less snow directly relates to less money for the ski towns and for the state as a whole. Our state should become one of the leaders in conserving energy and improving our world.

Joey Sullivan

student, Basalt High School


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