I was appalled to read that many of Aspen’s downtown businesses keep doors wide open throughout the winter. My father used to yell at us if we kept the door open longer than a few seconds in the winter: “Are you trying to heat the whole county?”
This is an unconscionable and utterly unacceptable waste of energy. It flies in the face of the city’s efforts with the Canary Initiative and renewable energy goals.
I thought Aspen had a strong, communitywide environmental commitment to deal with climate change, to work at becoming more sustainable.
I guess some businesses never got the message.
Some business owners think that people might not realize they are open if the door isn’t. Give me a break. That’s a lame excuse, especially when the article had a picture of a very well lit gallery with a sign prominently hung on the closed door that said “open.” Are Aspen shoppers so oblivious that they have no sense or ability to read? I don’t think so.
Another gallery owner was quoted as saying “I think all businesses should do it.” That reflects a serious degree of single-minded, unenlightened self-interest. It is also extraordinarily selfish. All businesses should keep their doors closed and help the community, of which they are members, achieve its goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
If businesses are too insensitive or selfish to follow plain common sense, they should be boycotted. I would never patronize a business that shows such contempt for the community or lack of good judgment.
The city has an ordinance outlawing idling cars. They should enact an ordinance outlawing open door stupidity.
If we are going to achieve anything close to sustainability or success in dealing with climate change we need to recognize that it will take more than government and hybrid cars. It will also take substantial personal responsibility for our individual actions.
It’s time Aspen businesses behaved in a responsible manner as well. Shut the damn door. Are you trying to heat the whole county?