Baker: Writing is on the wall
Well, the good folks of Craig are upset at New Belgium Brewing for supporting an environmental group that is suing the Colowyo Coal Mine. Coal miners are afraid — and rightly so — of losing their jobs.
Guess what? Thousands of workers in America have lost their jobs in the past 20 years as economic and social realities have changed.
When the Maytag Corporation put over 4,000 men and women in Illinois and Iowa out of work by moving to Mexico, there was the same kind of anger and calls for boycotts, which are almost universally ineffective.
No matter what the result of this lawsuit, the handwriting is on the wall: as the Pope recently wrote, the burning of fossil fuels will eventually be phased out on this planet. Whether we like this or not, the rational response would be to plan for the future through re-training programs and efforts to bring other kinds of businesses into the area.
Let me add one more fact: New Belgium is one of the most progressive employers in the state of Colorado. It is employee-owned, provides great benefits for its workers, is environmentally progressive and makes darn good beer.
Outweighing the few in Craig who will no longer drink New Belgium, are the many in Steamboat Springs who will now choose New Belgium for both its tasty beer and its environmental policies.
Robert P. Baker
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