Robyn Macey: Don’t give up on alternative fuels
April 8, 2009
I am writing to express my concern for the lack of support for alternative fuels in the county. Renewable energy projects are usually born out of necessity or crisis only to be burned out as soon as energy prices return to normal. This is exactly the case with Summit Greasecycling (SGC). SGC collects used vegetable oil from local restaurants and recycles it into cleaner-burning, cheaper fuel to be used by our community. SGC is a community-based organization created in response to outrageous fuel prices last summer with the enthusiastic recommendation of the community and the county. Now with fuel prices down, everyone has again forgotten the past situation and our sources for alternatives are in danger.
SGC has made it past its first year through many unexpected trials and tribulations of starting a very rare business. Dara Lor has put his life and soul into getting this going, and who knows how long it will take for someone else to step up to this challenge again.
SGC is now faced with the challenge that it has outgrown its space on Airport Road and must relocate to somewhere with industrial zoning. The most hopeful outcome is that the county will provide space for this important recycling program in the Summit community. Yet as many people believe in the idea of an alternative energy program. They pass the buck when it comes time to take action. Everyone’s seen Frisco, Breckenridge and Summit Stage buses advertising the use of biodiesel, though various sources have confirmed that they actually don’t pump any into their tanks.
I suggest that the Summit community demand that we begin to look toward the future and build a sustainable energy infrastructure. Let’s not fall for the same tricks again and again. How quickly people forget the fuel prices of last summer and oil embargoes in our history that have left us filling up for $4 a gallon. Don’t let the big energy companies push us around. Let us become more energy independent and even be a model for other communities large or small to follow.
I ask you for your help in keeping this program through SGC up and running. Without space there is no SGC. To show your support, please sign the online petition to Summit County and make space for this program and others like it in our area.