Ski Resorts Poised for Self-Immolation Against Climate Change?

29 May

by Rabb!t / Earth First! Newswire

skiresortpoodle2Ski resorts and environmental advocates have been butting heads since the dawn of time. And with good reason. Deforesting mountains to create ski runs and access roads degrades ecosystems, crippling old growth forests and splitting the habitat and migration patterns of interior forest species, or annihilating them outright. As climate change speeds up, ski resorts must use more and more artificial snow each season to maintain attendance, and the use of this artificial snow counteracts natural weather patterns and interferes with local vegetation and animal life, further perpetuating the cycle of climate catastrophe.

Now, in an ironic turn of evens, over 100 ski resorts have signed a declaration calling for U.S. policy action on climate change. And why? Because “tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century,” of course!

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For those who remember the old Wolves and Poodles section of the Earth First! Journal, this would be what we called a poodle.

Perhaps the most notorious clash between activists and ski resorts was the burning down of a ski lodge in Vail, Colorado, in 1998. The Earth Liberation Front took responsibility for the fire, and claimed the action was taken in response to an 885-acre ski expansion that was to be built on the natural habitat of the endangered lynx. The fire caused $12 million dollars in damage, and destroyed the lodge and several chairlifts.

After taking such a bold environmental stance, these ski resorts would be wise to watch their backs and keep their plans to themselves, as it is likely that they will be targets for FBI domestic terrorism investigation. In a recent article, “We’re Being Watched: How Corporations and Governments Are Spying on Environmentalists,” Adam Federman warns that private security firms and intelligence agencies have been documenting every action of even the most peaceful, non-violent environmental groups, and viewing them as threats to the state’s infrastructure.

In light of today’s announcement, one wonders how far these ski resorts are willing to go to tackle climate change.

3 Responses to “Ski Resorts Poised for Self-Immolation Against Climate Change?”

  1. C.J. Robison May 30, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I find this article petty and archaic. What is the point to wag your finger at the some past grievances. Get over it and move on. Climate change is real and I welcome everyone to the table who is asking for our leaders to start taking it seriously.

  2. klem June 1, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    So now that these 100 ski resorts have signed this thing, I guess they can go ahead and expand their resorts as planned without having to worry anymore about greenie arsonists burning down their lodges. Is that the correct summary here?

  3. Earth First! Journal Sonoran Office June 1, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    I don’t know whats up but I do know these Ski Resorts aren’t gonna burn themselves down. Someone has gotta do it. Also, the idea of Ski Resort millionaires chatting up “our leaders” smacks of one hell of an honest interpretation of U.S. politics. I mean, that is a smelly ass system of government there.

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