Winter sports athletes urge action on climate change

 White House “Champion of Change” awardee and pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, photo by Clif Bar
White House “Champion of Change” awardee and pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2011, photo by Clif Bar

Dozens of Olympic gold medalists and other winter sports athletes sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging action on climate and clean energy.

From the letter, which can be found here at Protect our Winters:

As professional athletes, representing a community of 23 million winter sports enthusiasts, we’re witnessing climate change first-hand.  Last year was the warmest year on record, and once again, we’re currently experiencing another winter season of inconsistent snow and questionable extremes.  Without a doubt, winter is in trouble.

And with this lack of consistent snow, at risk are the economies of tourist-dependent states where winter tourism generates $12.2 billion in revenue annually, supports 212,000 jobs and $7 billion in salaries.  Those are the jobs and businesses owned by our friends and families, generators of billions in federal and state income.

The good news is that because we know this warming is human-caused, we can do something about it and it can be done, now, from limiting carbon pollution from our nation’s dirty power plants to rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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