The Christian Science Monitor has published an article, “Why climate change divides us” that highlights differences in climate change politics and beliefs found in two Colorado counties: Weld and Larimer. In sum: Weld County is a conservative community with an economy strongly linked to petrochemical production. Larimer County is critical of the way its neighbor earns its living.
I live in Larimer County but have earned a living driving fracking water to and from fracking sites in Weld County, including Wells Ranch (an area of intense fracking that is referenced in the article.)
This is to say, I have a dog in the fight.
In the coming months, I will seek out Distributist ideas that might bridge the divide explained in the article. I do believe that the climate is changing and that at least a portion of that change is anthropogenic.
I also think that some of the best paying jobs to be found in Northern Colorado are in the oil field. When I left the field, in 2014, oil was over $100/barrel, now it’s about $45. So there are fewer of those good jobs there, although in a market economy, it is only logical to expect demand for petrochemicals to grow as price falls. Perhaps production is moving to places with lower costs of extraction… Saudi Arabia, for instance.
As for Larimer… I think it is and will be a good laboratory for social solutions. In 2014, coal provided 74.2% of the electrical energy to Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont (Boulder County), and Estes Park.
Climate change is a dog’s breakfast. I recommend the Monitor article.