Aspen, Colorado Splits with U.S. Chamber of Commerce

by Andrew Arslan on April 30, 2012

Aspen, Colorado, the world-famous ski resort town known for its beautiful scenery and as an iconic standard for other ski resorts to attempt to live up to, has made a profound statement in support of sustainability. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) has split with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to green politics.

In an 11-to-1 vote, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association board voted to split from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its right-wing agenda and opposition to green initiatives that could alleviate the damages already caused by climate change.

Aspen’s economy is dependent primarily on tourism, as well as real estate, but as a ski resort town it is necessary to have a stable climate to remain stable economically. The 2011-2012 winter was one of the driest in Aspen history; it is actually the second driest after the the 1976-1977 season.

The ski resort suffered an early shut down due to the warm weather, which left the town’s streets tourist-free compared to the healthier winter. The early shut down of the ski season reaffirms the importance of tackling climate change in order to keep businesses operating profitably.

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association’s split from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reflects on its call for energy reform, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes.

In 2009, Apple’s Vice President, Catherine Novelli, stated that “[the U.S. Chamber of Commerce needs] a more progressive stance on [climate change].” 2009 was also the year that Apple split from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as did Nike.

Nome, Alaska; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and San Francisco have also split with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over politics, as well. Aspen’s move places the town in the spotlight in a call for tackling climate change but other municipalities have yet to follow the town’s move with a similar justification after its recent split with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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