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Stan Wagon: The opposite of conservation

Stan Wagon
Silverthorne, CO Colorado

I want to underscore the points made in the letter by Dan Willer (Letters, Jan. 30) about the fact that shops in Breckenridge keep their doors open when the temperatures are too low to warrant that. It is indeed sad that the store owners don’t understand how bad this is from the point of view of conservation of resources. Such waste makes the rest of us seem foolish when we try to conserve in various ways.

Unfortunately, such silliness is not limited to Breckenridge, or winter. In the heat of summer there are businesses in Frisco that keep gas fireplaces going at the same time that they are air-conditioning the room containing the fireplace. The rationale, of course, is that the fireplace is cozy, and helps maintain the myth that it is always cool up here, especially when it is over 100 degrees in Denver and elsewhere. But running a fire in the middle of the day in July when the outdoor temperature is 80 degrees or more sends totally the wrong message about conservation and pollution. And, as with the folks in Breckenridge, when confronted, the people responsible do not understand that there is anything wrong with an open fire in an air-conditioned room.

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