The Paris Climate Accord is a mostly voluntary agreement by more than 190 nations creating a plan to curb green house gas emissions. At the time of its adoption in 2015, Arapahoe Basin was very pleased to support this measure. Needless to say, we are very, very disappointed to see the United States pull out of the accord. Leaders from Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch Shell, Goldman Sachs and General Electric have all commented that pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is bad for the U.S. It is hard to imagine but, even leaders from some of the world’s largest oil companies think this is a bad idea.
Without a doubt, Arapahoe Basin remains committed to its sustainability efforts and, more specifically, its efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change. While the potential to impact the ski and resort business is obvious, climate change is a far greater issue to our nation and the world. Now more than ever, we need to enhance our focus on climate advocacy. We need to focus on our practices of reducing green house gas emissions and using our very visible position to lead by example. We do not have the time to wait on Washington.