Arty and Mat Catastrophe, as an ex-KIGR employee let me tell you both a story...Having worked there from 2007-early 2012 there is soooo much waste in energy water etc... yet so much focus is on trimming the labor side of the budget it's sickening. From 2009-2011 employee wages were either stagnant or decreased. Yet, my oh my owner Bill Goodwin went out and bought himself a new resort called Keswick Hall. Amazingly many of the employees didn't event know about it. The resort has to import a fair share of it's seasonal labor, partly due to the work being seasonal, partly due to "not being able to find quality workers", but I wonder what quality of worker you would find who can barely afford to pay for rent food, gas, car payments, god forbid they want to go out for dinner. There are positions that REQUIRE a university degree that start out at $7.25...yes these positions "have the opportunity to earn tips". I would be careful in the assessment of where the money is flowing...my experience tells me it flows up.
@ Phil: Yes, I did leave out Clinton as I stated that "the Obama administration is doing leaps and bounds more than the Bush or Reagan administrations"...I'd have to put more effort into comparing the Obama admin to Clinton admin. Reagan took the solar panels off of the white house and reduced the fleet mpg, and Bush Jr....well saying that he is a carbon based life form is about as environmental a statement as I can make about him (http://www.nrdc.org/bushrecord/)
Using rainwater harvesting, instead of potable city water, is a big deal. Every gallon of potable water spared saves energy, chemicals, and maintenance at the treatment plant, which also saves tax payer monies. Rainwater, usually, is better for the landscape anyway. The only way to lose water that is consumable to humans is to not care. In elementary school science we had a gallon jug to represent all of the water on Earth. Out of the jug, if I'm remembering this correctly, 1/2 cup was fresh water, and out of that only an eyedropper was easily accessable to humans for consumption.
As someone who has had to hand pump their gallon of rationed water for the day, fresh water access is only a laughing matter to those who can afford to laugh about it.
This is a good article promoting the forward thinking that is needed to move the tourism industry forward. We are in a great transition period of destructive fossil fuel usage to more efficient and renewable sources. Thank you for being a part of this movement and a champion in light of those who live under a rock.
And to gfryesc,
The Obama administration is doing leaps and bounds more that the Bush or Reagan administrations did to improve our national energy efficiency and renewable production. Even in light of the politicians bought out by BIG Oil and BIG Coal. While you may not care about acid rain, ozone holes, or deforestation in tropical rain forests because you apparently don’t need water or food or air, there are humans that don’t survive on ignorance. And if Climate Change isn’t such a big deal why then professor would Exxon-Mobil have efforts dedicated to “Managing Climate Change Risks”? http://www.exxonmobil.com/corporate/safety…. And why would military and intelligence analysts say climate change is a threat to US security if it wasn’t a big deal? http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/science/…
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