Mountain Pact Campaign Targets Coal Companies

Seeks compensation for global warming

Telluride (above) is one of the towns demanding a change in the way the federal government collects royalties from oil companies. (johnwhite79/Flickr)
Photo: johnwhite79/Flickr Telluride

Ten western mountain towns hit hard by climate change are launching a campaign against the coal industry, seeking hundreds of million of dollars in compensation per year to help their communities adapt, the Denver Post reported earlier this week

In February, Outside covered how the nonprofit advocacy group Mountain Pact is rallying ski resort towns around the country to stem the effects of climate change. In a letter being sent this week to federal officials, lawmakers, and the White House, the towns—which include Aspen, Telluride, and Park City—demand a change in the federal government’s system of collecting royalties from coal companies, according to the Denver Post.

Affected towns must contend with the increasing expense of combating rising temperatures, inconsistent river flows, shrinking snowpack, and damaging wildfires brought about by climate change.

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