Allen is a regular contributor to the Durango Telegraph and writes his own e-zine, Mountain Town News.
In this 25- to 30-minute presentation, Allen Best draws upon his decades of life in mountain towns of Colorado, his personal life’s narrative, and his rapt attention since 2003 to the science and economics of global climate change to make the case that mountain resort communities should get behind a national carbon tax. A carbon fee levied on atmospheric greenhouse pollution would, if structured properly, stimulate innovation and harness the power of free enterprise to begin marshaling more robust solutions sufficient to the magnitude of the risk. Too, it can be structured in a way that actually reduces income taxes.
Allen Best has hiked (and skied up) many mountains in Colorado, including some of those in the San Juans. He’s been working as a journalist in Colorado since 1977 and writes routinely for a great many magazines, newspapers and websites while publishing his own e-zine, Mountain Town News. A truncated version of the latter appears in the Durango Telegraph. He delivered a version of this talk about the carbon fee to the Colorado Association of Ski Towns at that group’s quarterly meeting in October 2014, held in Ouray.
Thank you City of Durango for providing the venue!