The board of directors for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association voted 11-1 to break away from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to the stand taken by the Chamber on the impact man has on climate change.
The website for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce states the following:
U.S. Chamber Strategy
Promote the U.S. Chamber's core principles on climate change, specifically that any legislation or regulation introduced must:
The Aspen Times reports “During the meeting, ACRA Chairman Warren Klug read a statement that called for the board to withdraw from the national chamber. ACRA has been a member since 2005. Annual dues are $800 and the local business group's membership was slated for renewal in May.” Warren Klug, ACRA chairman read the following statement: “Aspen and our major governmental bodies and major employers all see things so very differently (than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, I believe it is time for ACRA to withdraw from the U.S. Chamber. While I applaud U.S. Chamber efforts on U.S. travel policy, immigration reform and other issues, its position on environmental policy is too opposed to our community values to ignore,” Klug continued. “It is time for us to say goodbye.”
The Dairy Herd Network reports, "The West: Severe drought (D2) expansion appears warranted across central portions of Utah. The D2 areas in both eastern Nevada and western Colorado were therefore merged across central Utah. SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) values in this area generally range from 10 to 35 percent of normal. In east-central New Mexico, D3 conditions were extended northward across Guadalupe County. The drought depiction in south-central New Mexico was degraded by one category (from D1 to D2 conditions) to better reflect the unusually warm and dry conditions which have prevailed across the region. A slight improvement was made in far western New Mexico (D2 to D1)."
As the arguments continue of climate change, individuals and organizations will be put into situations where they must choose what they believe. Drought conditions this year in Colorado are reason for concern. We can definitely see why the folks up in Aspen are frustrated.