Hedging our bets on carbon emissions

You don’t have to be an “environmentalist wacko” to have a deep regard for the only home we have — Earth.

Western Colorado is home to many people who self-identify with the term “steward of the land.” Whether they raise peaches, hunt elk or seek solitude hiking through the wilderness, these folks share a commitment to preserving the life-giving and soul-enhancing qualities of our beautiful corner of the world.

Tuesday was Earth Day, a good reminder of the positive steps leaders across the globe have taken to protect the air, water and land we all depend on for life.

Perhaps the biggest testament to our capacity to solve environmental problems is the speed with which we forget they existed. Remember acid rain? Or how about the hole in the ozone? In the 1970s scientists suspected that chlorofluorocarbons, common in refrigerants and aerosols, were creating a hole in the protective ozone layer of Earth’s atmosphere.

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