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Daily Editorial: Savings aren’t the story

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

Eagle County’s says its hybrid Priuses have saved us $45,000 on fuel costs.

That’s great, but the money’s not the best reason to support the greening of the county fleet and any other environmental initiatives local government comes up with in the future.

If we, as a community, a county and a nation, are to ensure the health of our planet, we must stop being so fiscally cranky about hybrid vehicles, solar power, recycling and other green ways of life. We must stop insisting such practices pay for themselves right away.

Of course, we don’t want the county to bankrupt itself paying for a nuclear plant or buses that run on perpetual motion.

The county still has to pave our roads, manage development and provide social services.

But what if the Priuses had cost $45,000 or $100,000 extra? How much are we willing to pay to reduce our carbon footprint? We believe clean air is worth some expense.

Neither Eagle County’s batch of Priuses nor a few solar panels on top of the Vail parking garage are going to reverse global warming. But they shouldn’t be dismissed as mere symbolic act, because our visitors can see that we, as a community that depends on a clean environment, are trying to operate a little more responsibly.

Then, they bring these green ideas back to their hometowns around the world and demand their elected officials buy some Priuses ” even if it costs a little extra money.

” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board

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