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Opinion | Letter: Declining snowpack no surprise

Last week’s article in Sky-Hi News on declining snowpack in the Rocky Mountains outlined research showing the drastic reduction in snow in the Rocky Mountains over the last 30 years. This likely won’t come as a surprise to many who grew up in Grand County but it should come as a wake-up call for everyone who loves living and playing here.

The effects of climate change are here and it’s our duty to address it today if we want to continue to live and thrive in the mountain west. Not only does this change significantly increase our risk for devastating wildfires, it compromises the future of Grand County’s economy and recreation that is so closely tied to snow and snowmelt.

There is a solution, however, that will make an immediate and lasting impact to combat climate change and that is a carbon fee and dividend. In November a group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill with that goal, called The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This legislation aims to drive down carbon pollution by gradually increasing fees for releasing carbon into the air with the revenue being returned to taxpayers. This change would decrease greenhouse gases without hurting hard-working Americans and stimulate the economy by creating new, green, jobs.

We have come to a breaking point and if we don’t act now our options in the future won’t be as promising. As a mother of a preschooler and an infant, I selfishly worry about their ability to enjoy skiing in the future, but more critically I am fearful about the environment they will inherit.

So, for everyone who loves our Colorado snowy winters that provide fun and income for the county, I encourage you to call your local and state representatives and tell them to please support this market-based approach to fighting climate change and keeping our winters white.

Mollie Siebert, Tabernash

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