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The cost of the environmental battle

Dear Editor:

The mayors against drilling for natural gas should have started their campaign by repealing the laws they passed which only allows natural gas stoves and fireplaces. Though renewable energy ” pellet and wood ” clean burning devices were available, the policies of the elected drove those products out of the local market.

During the 1980 and ’90s environmentalists (probably underwritten by the natural gas lobbyists) convinced places like Aspen and Pitkin County to rewrite their codes and growth management allocations to force all heating into natural gas.

Environmental activists also convinced jurisdictions all over the country to stop new coal or nuclear power plants and to only approve electricity generating plants that used “Safe and Clean Natural Gas.”

Rather than the pit bull approach, it would be refreshing if the mayors would start with a big picture look at the future. Right now, all their rhetoric accomplishes is a 20 percent surcharge on my heating bill because the gas company will just pass on the cost of their battles to me ” the environmentally-correct but trapped ” end user.

Shellie Roy

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