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Skiers, boarders rally against global warming in Breckenridge

Bob Berwyn
Breckenridge, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE – More powder is what every skier wants, but a changing climate could pose a big risk to Colorado’s status as a winter sports mecca.

That’s the message a group of activists meant o send to the U.S. Senate Wednesday at a rally at the Blue River Plaza in downtown Breckenridge.

County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier, Breckenridge resort environmental manager Dave November, and others will gather to call on the Senate to pass global warming legislation.

The ski industry as a whole has been a leader in lobbying for laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions. With their Keep Winter Cool campaign, resorts have also focused on educating their customers about how they can take steps to reduce emissions by using public transit or carpooling to the mountains, for example.

Speakers will highlight the potential impacts to Colorado’s mountain communities and industries from failing to address global warming.

At the event, Environment Colorado will also release a new report showing that Colorado’s global warming pollution has risen faster than nearly any other state. The new report analyzes federal government data on trends in carbon dioxide from fossil fuel consumption.

“We just need to switch to cleaner energy,” said Environment Colorado’s Dana Hoffman. She said the rise in Colorado emissions can be traced to continued electrification and the use of coal in the state, all tied to population growth.

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