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Degrading Our Defenses Against Climate Change

Nov 25, 2015 No Comments by

In the past few weeks, two of the architects of Governor Shumlin’s energy policies acknowledged that the policies will have no impact on climate change. They disclosed, in separate interviews, that the purpose of the policies is economic development and not climate change mitigation. They neglected to disclose that these economic development policies will actually […]

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Shove It Down Their Throats

Oct 09, 2015 No Comments by

Vermont has adopted some ambitious energy goals. The state could have engaged its communities in achieving these goals, but it did not. Instead, it has turned things over to energy developers, many of whom are running roughshod over our communities. They are poisoning the well of public opinion, turning community after community against renewable energy […]

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Commentary: A Moral Response to Climate Change

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments by

Most Vermonters accept the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and that human activity is major contributor. Many Vermonters believe that climate change is a moral issue. Some Vermonters believe that we can reverse climate change by reducing our carbon emissions. We can’t—even if we were able to eliminate emissions completely, it would take […]

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Analysis: Twenty Years of Lowell <= Ten Days of NYC Traffic

Sep 08, 2014 No Comments by

Green Mountain Power claims that its complex of industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain prevents the emission of greenhouse gases. GMP claims that each megawatt of power that the turbines put on the grid replaces dirtier electricity and prevents the release of 0.4 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Here are the calculations that show […]

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Commentary: Eolian–A History of Failure

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments by

Eolian Renewable Energy of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, recently announced that it was abandoning its Seneca Mountain Wind project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Seneca joins unsuccessful Eolian wind projects in Antrim, New Hampshire, and Frankfort, Maine. Eolian has a history of failure and a history of rewriting history.

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Commentary: The Wrong Prescription for Net Metering

Aug 17, 2014 No Comments

The Washington Electric Cooperative recently requested permission to impose fees on its net metering members in order to assure that the net metering program would be fair to all Co-op members.

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Commentary: Vermont’s Rumsfeld Strategy

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments

In his 2004 book “Against All Enemies,” President George W. Bush’s counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke described a meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that took place shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Rumsfeld complained that there were no decent targets for bombing in Afghanistan, so the United States should consider bombing Iraq, which, he said, […]

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Commentary: Vermont Blames the Victims

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

I attended the Public Service Board’s noise workshop in Morrisville a few weeks ago. The Board is trying to determine if the noise standards for energy projects are adequate. The purpose of the workshop was to hear from people who have been affected by energy projects. The Board heard from 44 people. Each talked about […]

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