Aspen’s Mike Kaplan heads to Capital Hill to legislation limiting greenhouse gas

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on October 12, 2009 6:24 am

Mike Kaplan, the uber cool Aspen ski hill CEO, traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Senator Bennet and staff from four Senator’s offices to encourage the Senate to make history and pass legislation limiting greenhouse gas emissions for the first time.

On the morning of September 30th Senators Kerry and Boxer introduced a bill for Senate consideration calling for a cap on carbon emissions. The bill’s full name is the Clean Jobs and American Power Act but is also referred to as the Kerry-Boxer climate and energy bill.

This was Kaplan’s second trip to Washington, having lobbied Congressman John Salazar in June 2009 prior to passage of Americans for Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). ACES passage was historic as it represented the first time the US House of Representatives passed legislation addressing climate change. The bill was passed by the US House of Representatives on June 26, 2009 now the Senate will consider similar legislation.

“Climate change is the single biggest threat facing our business, not to mention our generation.  Everybody I speak to can cite specific examples of how climate change is affecting their home environments, no matter where they live,” says ASC CEO Mike Kaplan. “To not act on the science, on what we are seeing and experiencing today, is extremely short sighted and irresponsible, particularly when considering the mess we will be leaving for our children and grandchildren.”  

Kaplan met with Senator Micheal Bennet of Colorado, and staff representing Senator Mark Udall (CO) , Senator Mark Begich (AK), Senator Jon (confirm spelling) Tester (MT) and Senator Tim Johnson (SD).

Under Kaplan’s leadership, the Aspen ski resorts, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk are some of the most eco-friendly ski resorts in the world.