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Hut: Colorado can be a leader in renewable energies (letter)

Colorado can be a leader in renewable energies

Most of our lodgepole pines have died from the pine beetle epidemic. Now when we look at our hillsides we see hues of gray (dead trees) instead of hues of green (live trees). When we go hiking, we see that there are no longer glaciers in our high alpine lakes. Our winters are getting shorter and more intense. Winter Park Resort had to postpone their opening date two times in the last three years because of no snow and temperatures that were too warm for making snow. Obviously the effects of climate change are very evident in Grand County. What can we do about it? Many individuals in Grand County and the state of Colorado have realized that using renewable energies such as solar and wind are good ideas and are striving to implement them. Witnessing the effects of climate change, my husband and I built a passive solar, earth sheltered house in 1993 near Tabernash. Our propane bills were significantly lower than our neighbors. Then along came the pine beetle. Ninety percent of our trees were dead, so in 2010 we installed a wood burning boiler. It is a lot of work, but during the winter we do not use propane. Instead, we heat our house and hot water with wood from our dead trees. Contact your local, state and national representatives to let them know that Colorado has a golden opportunity to be a leader in renewable energies. Let your representatives know that the time is now – renewable energies are the future and we wish to go there.

Martha Hut


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