To which, in the fight against climate change, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy adds she’ll fight on the ski slopes of Aspen. (McCarthy’s a skier but, we’re told, she didn’t ski on this trip.)
McCarthy, just back from a January trip to tony Aspen, Colo., penned an op-ed with Olympic silver medal snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler in Powder Magazine, the ski industry ‘s environmental magazine, noting the dire economic effects climate change — 2014 being the hottest year on record — has on winter sports.
The headline sure seems to channel Churchill: “EPA Administrator Vows To Fight For Skiers in Climate Change Battle.”
“Winter tourism generates $12.2 billion annually, supports 212,000 jobs and $7 billion in salaries” the op-ed notes, and “with a lack of consistent snow, tourist-dependent economies are at risk.” (Of course, New England’s had consistent snow recently.)
Getting on the right side of the industry is probably a good thing in swing states like Colorado (9 electoral votes) and Nevada (5 electoral votes.)
(Here’s Churchill’s address.)