What will it take to make the change needed in our community to reduce green house gas emissions? I see no other option than to vote for Ballot Measure 1A (The Energy Fund Initiative), which is a 1% tax on monthly energy bills that would collect money to be used to directly address energy inefficient homes. This tax would generate $150,000 to $170,000 in the first year alone, which would be used directly to implement programs to directly assist homeowners to reduce their energy bills, saving you money while tackling the main green house gas-emitting problem in our area.
If you are ready to finally see some change, and be part of a community that leads by example, I think Ballot 1A will allow us to take ACTION. Several years ago local governments took the challenge to reduce carbon emissions here at home by 20% by 2020, and we have since made very insignificant steps towards attaining this goal. Call it a love of a toasty warm house and an addiction to electricity, San Miguel County still uses more energy per capita than the average American. Choosing to be environmental for the good of all is not working and the masses are not changing their behaviors. A nominal 1% is not asking you to be GREEN, to change your life style, or to give up any of your comforts. I see 1A as the only way change will come.
- Joanna Kanow