The debate about global warming inevitably circles back to our energy policies.
It is here that Roger Cohen (Herald, Jan. 4) and Bob Winners (Letters, Jan. 7) seem to fundamentally disagree.
Cohen advocates technology as the safety net to our "climate change" problem. Winners is not satisfied with this approach.
While it may be naïve to expect technology to solve all of our futuristic problems, technology already exists that can divert us from heading toward catastrophic ends, or simply save you money if you don't believe we are headed toward catastrophic ends.
Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest and most effective way to reduce energy expenditures all over Colorado.
It doesn't just conserve energy, it saves Coloradans money. No matter one's belief about global warming, we can all agree our energy demands are problematic.
We are not on a sustainable path and amazing energy-efficient technologies, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, Energy Star furnaces and improved insulation techniques, can dramatically reduce our energy demand.
Whether efficiency is seen through the lens of businesses getting a more efficient bottom line, homeowners reducing their monthly energy bills, or environmentalists reducing carbon emissions, we can all see the bright side to energy efficiency.
When personal ideology is not the sole motivation, many things come into focus; there are many reasons to address our energy consumption.
Energy efficiency is a terrific means to reduce demand, save money and create a climate of cooperation.
We need not spend our time debating the merit of global warming; we should spend our time getting energy-efficient products into the hands of Durango families and businesses.
While we are busy enjoying the comforts afforded us by new energy-efficient products, the global warming debate will unfold some other day.
Aaron Segel, Colorado Public Interest Research Group, Denver