Kudos to the Board of County Commissioners for indefinitely tabling con- sideration of a resolution to honor and uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord (although deduct kudos for pur- portedly taking an hour to so decide). Our President is moving our nation in a differ- ent direction and federalism works best when everybody down the line gets the memo. But if anyone has actually read the Paris Accord (putting aside that it allows any nation to withdraw from it after three years and it’s already going on two years old), there is a perfectly legitimate reason to ignore it – it’s chock full of fuzzy-head- ed gibberish. Case in point, Section 5 of Article 7, the precise provision that informs us how to “honor” and “uphold” the Accord’s “adaptation goal” when the Ice Park prematurely closes because it gets too hot too soon, which reads as follows:
"Parties acknowledge that adaptation action should follow a country-driven, gen- der-responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach, taking into consider- ation vulnerable groups, communities and ecosystems, and should be based on and
guided by the best available science and, as appropriate, traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems, with a view to integrat- ing adaptation into relevant socioeconomic and environmental policies and actions, where appropriate."
It was suggested at the meeting that instead of symbolic proclamations, what we need to do is “approach the issue with facts and logic,” “implement policies that we can actually regulate,” and “have it more what we will do from a local stand- point.”
Synthesizing all the input, I’m pleased to report that there is indeed an obvious solution. The next time we sense a winter heat wave coming on, we should do what Vail Mountain has been doing since it opened in 1962* – call in the Southern Utes to do a nice dance. *Google: Southern Utes Work Wonders on Weather.
Stephen Baum Phoenix, Arizona Ouray, Colorado