Aspen, CO — The people of Colorado know that when it comes to Global Warming, the problem won't take care of itself.
So they organized and took action. After securing a grassroots initiative on the ballot demanding cheaper, renewable sources of electricity, Colorado voters said "No" to Global Warming and "Yes" to clean energy.
This landmark Colorado law requires utilities to use 10% renewable energy to generate the state's power by 2015. The citizens of Colorado demonstrated that all that is required to override the logjam between the legislatures and public utilities is the greatest renewable resource of all: political will.
No city has been more proactive in the fight to stop global warming and develop efficient energy solutions than Aspen. This year, citizens, elected officials, and business leaders launched the Aspen Global Warming Alliance. Aspen has instituted a "fee" on new homes and renovation projects that exceed local energy standards. Homeowners can either pay the fee, which goes into a city fund for renewable energy projects or they can off-set their excess global warming pollution by investing in their own renewable energy system. Now almost 2/3 of Aspen's energy is renewable—from wind, solar and other sources—38% of which is generated and harnessed locally. To learn more go to www.aspenglobalwarming.com.
Thanks to programs like these, renewable energy is getting cheaper for everyone! Generating electricity via renewable sources is cheaper, over the long haul, than using traditional fossil fuels such as oil or gas. (Study by the Energy Foundation of San Francisco) The people of Colorado figured this out a while ago. Now it's time for the whole country to take a page out of Aspen's book and stop global warming by going green.
So think globally and act locally. Follow Colorado's lead and look into your city's energy policy. It's not too late to help stop global warming.