Climate change disputes leads Aspen Chamber Resort Association to say 'enough'

Climate change disputes leads Aspen Chamber Resort Association to say 'enough'

Aspen : CO : USA | Apr 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM PDT
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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 five core principles (see below) and integrate that philosophy into any proposed climate change solution, whether legislative or regulatory.
  • Resist ill-conceived legislation that is economically disruptive of business and industry activities, that creates regulatory and legislative obstacles to development and deployment of affordable, innovative energy technologies, and that could severely damage the security and economy of the United States.


Promote the U.S. Chamber's core principles on climate change, specifically that any legislation or regulation introduced must:

  1. Preserve American jobs and competitiveness of U.S. industry;
  2. Provide an international, economy-wide solution, including developing nations;
  3. Promote accelerated development and deployment of greenhouse gas reduction technology;
  4. Reduce barriers to the development of climatefriendly energy sources; and
  5. Promote energy conservation and efficiency.

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.

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Amee Ellsworth is based in Bennett, Colorado, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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