The ski industry is speaking out on the President’s decision to join Syria and Nicaragua (Syria is in the midst of a bloody civil war and Nicaragua did not feel the agreement went far enough) as the only three countries in the world not to be part of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Rob Katz, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vail Resorts, made his opinion known in the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. As a global company, Vail Resorts believes we have a unique responsibility to protect the incredible natural landscapes and environment that surround our mountain resorts and those across our planet. Climate change is a global challenge that requires global cooperation, and it is disheartening to see the United States pull away from working with the other 194 countries that were part of the Agreement. Vail Resorts will redouble our efforts to find significant ways to minimize our carbon footprint through reducing our energy use to help address one of the most serious challenges facing our worldwide community.”
Reactions to the ski industries reaction to withdraw from the Paris Agreement have been all over the map. Many skiers and snowboarders are equally dismayed by the President’s decision. Others snow lovers feel that politics should be kept out of snow sports. Still others believe it’s hypocritical for ski resorts to make statements on climate change when the industry encourages air travel and mechanized activity in remote areas.