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ybul 2 years, 2 months ago on Sustainability expert: 'Standard approaches aren't enough'

See - sustainability is not just global warming (though I mostly agree with the thought process that most climactic change is comes from off this planet -58 at a neighbors house last winter and no sun spots vs this year many and large and warmer temps).

The government subsidies for grains have depleted our top soils, nutrient densities in foods and others. The soil depletion puts us at greater risk of flooding, famine and other problems. The nutrient depletion and cheapest calories at the fast food outlet have caused the health care nightmare in this country.

Both issues are of far greater importance than climate change - new name means we are more likely heading towards mini ice age, imo. with many issues surrounding that as much food comes from places like Canada which could cause world wide famine. Cooling is a far bigger problem than warming, imo..

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ybul 2 years, 2 months ago on Speaker: Normal home value appreciation could begin by mid-decade

That interest rate thing. At one point people bought things based upon price now it is on payment and with the ability to deduct interest (not a foregone conclusion that it will continue) it has caused prices to increase.

Though historically this happens about every 70-80 years as the older generations pass away and the younger ones that did not go through a deflationary depression forgot the lessons learned in years gone by.

The real difficult thing in the US might be that inflation pressures keep up on Need items food and energy and want items (a McMansion, condo in a ski town a really nice car vs transportation) face deflationary pressures.

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ybul 2 years, 2 months ago on Sustainability expert: 'Standard approaches aren't enough'

Scott, the biggest point of efficiency and consolidating factor was the ease with which corporations were able to borrow and print money via stocks. Making capital far cheaper for them than anyone else in the marketplace.

Another key component in distribution is the craig grain elevator which was bought and will most likely not exist as a supplier for the oil/gas fields is using it to distribute product more inexpensively.

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ybul 2 years, 2 months ago on Sustainability expert: 'Standard approaches aren't enough'

Still working on stuff. Plan on participating in events in the future. Hope to plant more produce this summer (though primarily only those which grow here easily - trying to work with nature not fight it).

Though there is enough "new" things being experimented with right now - just trying to overcome the regulations that exist. Right now that is the putting in a septic system (more money which I do not have enough liquidity for) and not having to over design a system that is going to not handle much more than a little detergent and a little bleach - though the goal is a high temp dishwasher, $, which will eliminate the need for most harsh chemicals).

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ybul 2 years, 2 months ago on Sustainability expert: 'Standard approaches aren't enough'

I completely disagree that hybrids would produce more food.

Strawberry farmers uproot their plants about every 4 years and replant with young plants. Those young plants grow faster and produce more. IMO, the same goes for grasses and young plants have higher yields. So the trick is to allow your grass to put on a seed head and have that seed trampled back into the soil (the cows cloven hooves are designed for just that as the buffalo is) and your crop yields will rise.

On lowering the cost I think if we can migrate back to a local food shed with less hands in the pot then that will happen and those farming might just make a decent living. Though that is entirely what Mike Rowe is speaking to, in that we have made agriculture an undesirable profession to be in and we push the less intelligent people to it.

Toss in multi species grazing with crop rotation produce being grown on the same fields different years and you are going to have far higher crop yields than even worrying about hybridization.

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ybul 2 years, 2 months ago on Sustainability expert: 'Standard approaches aren't enough'

So here is a radically different thought process... our government policies are helping to create an unsustainable world in which we live in.

The largest is an ag policy which pays for production of three primary cash crops. This has caused health problems, from the continuous production of certain crops in the same manner killing microbial life and strip mining the soil so that the food produced is depleted of nutrients. This policy has also created a loss in top soil (sequestered carbon which is now in the atmosphere through oxidization). This policy has facilitated any monkey to be able to perform the job at hand. Whereas agriculture is probably the most complicated business there is and we throw are least educated at it typically.

Throw in government intervention through tax breaks to encourage people to save for retirement, creating cheap capital for those able to capitalize on that. Throw in fannie may and freddie mac which facilitated banks lending to people for "super sized" homes that consume more energy.

Many more ways in which the government has intervened to distort market forces which would have led us to a more sustainable world than we are at today with that government intervention. Maybe extracting the government from many of its current endeavors would lead us to a more sustainable world.

How is that for radical?

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ybul 2 years, 2 months ago on Sustainability director for Aspen to speak in Steamboat on Tuesday

--“It’s fine for people to buy a Prius and use canvas bags at the supermarket,” Schendler wrote in “Getting Green Done.” “But we can’t afford the delusion that such individual action is enough.”--

Unfortunately the delusion is that a hybrid car or solar panels have any effect. Most of the solar manufacturing facilities off gas chemicals far more potent in warming the climate than CO2. Hybrids probably have almost zero impact as the batteries consumed a lot of energy to be produced themselves.

A better technology - yet little promoted is hydronic geothermal which has a pay back of 5 years (compared to propane heat) and the loop field has an expected lifespan of hundreds of years whereas Solar electric has a payback near 20-30 years with a lifespan of not much more.

As far as CO2, the way to fix that issue is to eliminate government grain subsidies which have promoted an unsustainable model. Maybe getting government to stop trying to fix problems and we would be better off. If there were no subsidies most livestock would be pastured and a net carbon sink. This is compounded when one utilizes new high-low tech approaches and high density grazing practices coupled with sub soil tilling which has been shown to increase topsoil quickly unlike the "educated opinions" of the day.

Throw in the governments benevolent hand in encouraging saving in 401k's and IRA's and you have a system which benefits the corporations and puts the small business owners at a financial disadvantage as their cost of borrowing is 4 times as high and in todays lending environment very difficult to find as the corporations can't fail. Oh yeah Kodak just went belly up and we lent trillions to those banks to keep them solvent.

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ybul 2 years, 3 months ago on Ed Miklus: Lacking representation

Sure but sometimes it is good to have an outsiders opinion on any board to pull out the BS card.

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ybul 2 years, 3 months ago on Ed Miklus: Lacking representation

The whole point of the article was about how there is no representation from residents of the city living outside the LMD. So they voted on the tax but have no right to speak up about it.

The comments about the airlines not being candy stores and can not pick and choose their flights is also failure of those within the LMD to research other options and make the air service more like a candy store. THey should be looking into charter flights there are several charter air providers with rather large jets.

Personally it is ski corp simply being lazy and getting someone else to pay so they do not need to think at how to operate better. If they did research charter flights then they would be able to provide air service out of regional airports and provide passengers a better experience.

If you are going to raise the sales tax in town then you ought to tax lift tickets also.

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