Working to keep the West special

News About RMCO, page 7

The Summit Daily News recently ran a front page, five article spread on climate change and The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. The online version combines all five articles: The Heat is On. Summit Daily News, July 31, 2005. "Stephen Saunders has been busy, traveling around the state and meeting with local governments and other entities to spread awareness and garner support for the RMCO, and the message is fairly straightforward....

"The aim, Saunders said, is to limit human-caused temperature gains to about 2.5 degrees Celsius to keep changes within acceptable levels.

"'The big, big question is, when? The sooner we take action, the easier it will be,' he said....

"'We should be leading the way. We have much at stake. I have a sense of optimism that Colorado can and will become a leader. In this region, we have abundant clean energy sources, and a concentration of technical and scientific resources, as well as an educated and enlightened population. We can become a net exporter of renewable energy, to the benefit of our economy.'"

City Hatches Global Warming Initiative. Aspen Times, March 17, 2005. "Comparing Aspen's fragile climate to a canary in a miner's cage, the city unveiled a multipronged approach Wednesday to reducing its contribution to global warming....

"The initiative should give residents who feel there is little they can do personally to rein in global warming a way to make a difference, City Councilwoman Rachel Richards said.

"Stephen Saunders, president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, offered this observation: 'The state of Colorado puts out more emissions from fossil fuels than 174 other nations do.'"

Warming West Bodes Ill for Skiing. Aspen Times, March 2, 2005. "Stephen Saunders is president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a nonprofit environmental group in Denver. He has studied government charts that detail the Western Slope's temperature patterns dating to 1895. So what has he found?

"'The West is warming, Aspen is warming,' Saunders said. 'The clear scientific consensus worldwide is that the Earth's climate is warming, and that most of the cause for that in the last 50 years or so is what people are doing in terms of putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.'"

Aspen's Warm-weather Woes. Aspen Times, January 25, 2005. "Heavy, wet "Sierra cement" snow conditions and shorter winters with smaller snowpacks might become typical for Aspen and other ski resorts in Colorado, according to one climate change researcher.

"But that could be the least of the state's problems, said Stephen Saunders, founder and president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization in Denver. Reduced snowpacks and higher temperatures due to global warming could make it much tougher to live in a state that already struggles to store enough water to irrigate crops, run its industries and help its cities grow, he noted."

Think global (warming), act local. High Country News, November 8, 2004. "The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, a new nonprofit in Colorado, is taking a backyard approach to the global problem of climate change. 'Our main thrust is what (global warming) can mean right here, and that is more drought, more fire, and less biodiversity,' says founder Stephen Saunders, a 30-year Colorado resident. 'It's threatening what makes this such a special place to live.'"

Changes in climate likely to be costly in Colorado. Summit Daily News, October 27, 2004. "'In Colorado, climate change means less snow, less water, more wildfires, less biodiversity and less economic opportunity, as there is less water available for development,' said Stephen Saunders, president of the recently formed Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. 'We may be in the most vulnerable part of the country with regard to climate change,' he said. The new group is the first to zero in on the potential effects of climate change on the geographical region encompassing Summit County."

Next generation's top challenge. Vail Daily, August 28, 2004.  "Climate change may be, as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan argues in his new book, 'Boiling Point,' the overriding threat facing human civilization in the 21st century. In Colorado, however, the response in state politics has been minimal. Still, things are happening. A new group, the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, has been created by Stephen Saunders, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Gary Hart and U.S. Rep. David Skaggs. Saunders, who served in the Clinton administration, says that the drought of 2002 was a wake-up call about how Colorado could be affected."

Colorado Public Radio, June 28, 2004: Colorado Matters aired an interview with RMCO president Stephen Saunders about climate change and its impacts and what we can do about them. You can listen to the interview on the Colorado Matters web site. On the calendar of past shows, click on July 4 (when it was rebroadcast) or June 28.

Aspen Skiing Company Gets Behind New Climate Organization. Aspen Times, June 16, 2004. "The skiing's going to get mighty sloppy if we don't change our attitudes about climate change, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. It's that belief, coupled with the other numerous negative impacts of climate change, that led the Skico to support the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, which was launched last week."

State group focuses on climate shifts. Denver Business Journal, June 8, 2004. "A broad coalition of mainstream interests Tuesday announced the formation of the Louisville-based Rocky Mountain Climate Organization (RMCO), which will initially focus on Colorado and later, a larger portion of the Rocky Mountain region."