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Re: “A Climate Change: Phil Scott 'Evolves' on Global Warming

Great article!

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Posted by Amanda Rothman on 08/24/2016 at 6:43 PM

Re: “A Climate Change: Phil Scott 'Evolves' on Global Warming

What an embarrassment. Phil Scott wants to be governor and he's just now decided humans cause climate change? That's WAY out of the Vermont mainstream.

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Posted by Greg Dennis on 08/24/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “A Climate Change: Phil Scott 'Evolves' on Global Warming

Putting aside the "Loyalty Oath" aspect of this climate change issue (Trump is evil and un-American for suggesting a Loyalty Oath for immigrants with reference to the US, but such an oath regarding climate change is de rigueur), can someone explain to me how Scott's previous statement and your summary of the current science are the least bit inconsistent. "'I believe the science is real,' Scott responded during the online event. 'Climate change is happening. And I believe as well it is a combination of man-made contributions as well as a natural phenomenon.'" You then claim that the following summary of the science is diametrically opposed to what Scott said: "Most scientists would disagree with that assessment. According to NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, humans are LARGELY responsible for the warming planet."

Use of the term "largely responsible" explicitly contemplates that there are other factors at work, with human-made causes being the largest contributor. Yet, in an effort to continue with the press's lazy meme that all Republicans are troglodytes, Scott's phraseology -- which is entirely consistent with the scientific statement you trumpet -- is deemed somehow to be sufficient heresy that a burning at the stake or general public shaming is warranted absent his prompt and complete conversion to acceptable thinking and language.

Oddly, the scientific method and small "l" liberal education used to encourage critical thinking and the perpetual testing of hypotheses. No more. 100% obeisance is required, all in the name of "science" as declared by partisan politicians and researchers dependent upon them for research dollars.

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Posted by Chris Roy on 08/24/2016 at 11:42 AM

Re: “What Happened? Questions and Answers About Vermont's Primary

Two more ways to think about the governor's race: On the one hand, more women could turn out to the polls this year to vote for Hillary, thereby increasing votes for Minter... (Women don't necessarily vote for women, but heck, this is a pretty historic vote and many women will feel inspired to turn out). On the other hand, reliable Democratic voters might stay home this year because they loved Bernie and don't want to vote for Hillary, thereby handing the race to Scott... So as you say, "Who knows?!"

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Posted by Cabels on 08/17/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “What Happened? Questions and Answers About Vermont's Primary

I think most would agree that Dunne did indeed stumble at the end. It was actually hard to know what his position on the siting of "Big Wind" projects actually was.

He would have been wise to simply do two things:

(1) Mention the Doyle Poll from last March, which showed that 90% of Vermonters who took the poll want more local control on energy siting projects. This by itself would have justified his position.

(2) Stress that wind projects and solar projects are completely different, from almost every respect. They should not be grouped together.

It's hard to think of wind as "green", when it involves permanent roads on our ridges, habitat degradation, noise, wildlife deaths, and generally producing erratic power at times when we don't need it. Solar, on the other hand, has minimal impacts, and produces the most power on hot, sunny days, when we need it the most.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 08/17/2016 at 2:03 PM

Re: “What Happened? Questions and Answers About Vermont's Primary

Thank you for the reminder to renew my Rutland Herald subscription.

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Posted by A. Smith on 08/17/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “What Happened? Questions and Answers About Vermont's Primary

I agree with your commentary, with one exception. I do not believe that any kudos should be given to Matt Dunne's campaign manager, Nick Charyk. Dunne's campaign imploded in the last two weeks, with one mistake being piked on top of another. While Minter did a great job at the finish line, Matt definitely helped to push her across the line and into first place.

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Posted by NEKVTer on 08/17/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “What Happened? Questions and Answers About Vermont's Primary

If people would look further into the depths of the environmental and health damage these wind developments are causing and the rampant corruption & out of state influence behind them, they would understand exactly how Minter was handed the primary. The puppet masters told the DNC to make it that way.
Ironically, a home in Sheffield will be up for tax sale today, after the family was forced to abandon it due to the health damage the nearby wind turbines were causing.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 08/17/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Minter v. Scott: The Race is On

Every candidates priority has to be ideas that bring more income to Vermont. Yes cutting cost is important but the real opportunity is increasing the revenue of the state and citizens. Hopefully all these potential state leaders make raising all income the priority.

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Posted by downhillracer on 08/13/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Minter v. Scott: The Race is On

Missing for me are the numbers: How many participated in the primaries, broken out by party--how many Dems, how many Republicans, how many others"?

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Posted by Renée Carpenter on 08/11/2016 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind: A Dunne Debacle Over Renewable Siting

I've thought this many times and in many ways and have to ask Seven Days staff for a favor. Can you guys give a big hug to the person responsible for employing Paul Heintz? Having people of conscience who are unafraid to confront those in power and those seeking power is so essential to any democratic society. America was great, is great, and will be great, because there are brave reporters, editors, and publishers, who can't be bought, or bribed, or otherwise swayed from speaking truth to power and moneyed interests.

It's easy to become cynical and disheartened as so many venal people curry favor with wealthy individuals in pursuit of personal gain. I can only imagine what pressure is applied to try and force your editors to capitulate to demands for retraction or removal. Thank you Seven Days reporters, thank you Paul Heintz, for upholding the best of American principles in the pursuit of journalistic excellence and service to our great state of Vermont.

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Posted by Susan Joy on 08/06/2016 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Boo Who? It's Bernie or Bust at the Democratic Convention

Sorry to say..... some of the spotlight seekers at the convention that refused to follow Bernie's leadership plan are an embarrassment. We of all people should know that Bernie will have a plan B to put in place to continue the influence that will change things for the better. Once elected Hillary can be held to the standard of the platform she agreed to put on paper in concert with Bernie.

Think you will get tRump to go along with that ? Imagine Jill getting 5% of the vote having any game in this world?? The REVOLUTION continues Ashely.... lead follow or get out of the way.... so far-embarrassment!!

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Posted by Bob Hooper on 08/05/2016 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind: A Dunne Debacle Over Renewable Siting

It is entirely possible to be pro renewable energy and against raping of the environment by big money interests to achieve it. There are sensible approaches. Solar panels can be installed on buildings and should be on all homes and businesses.

It's unlikely this is as cost prohibitive, as it is to be revenue preventive, for some entities--which is where the real problem always lies--the money trail.

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Posted by Lisa M Boucher on 08/04/2016 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind: A Dunne Debacle Over Renewable Siting

Go downtown to Church Street in Burlington on this very hot day and you will see 90% of the businesses have propped their front doors open. They are purposely blowing cold air-conditioned air outside to attract customers, and they weren't this way yesterday. For this we are destroying our ridge-tops and placing solar panels on our primary agriculture fields?

Bill McKibben should be gong after all the incredible energy waste going on in this State, especially in transportation, before he attempts to destroy our natural resources and our ridges.

I support renewables. But put solar panels on every rooftop and parking lot (like they are doing in Europe and California), before you destroy what people love about Vermont. Both Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith seem to get this.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 08/04/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind: A Dunne Debacle Over Renewable Siting

Orwellian language to call the industrial energy advocates embracing Sue Mintner "environmentalists." This crew, including Bill McKibben, long ago declared war on Act 250 and on all local zoning. That is about as anti-environment as it gets. Vermont was once lauded for its far-ranging and sensitive land use planning, which provided for local input as a counter-balance to the disproportionate influence of wealthy out-of-state developers. But thanks to people like McKibben, industrial wind & solar receive total exemptions from Act 250 & all zoning.

McKibben deserves credit for his courageous early career book, Maybe One, arguing for one child and exploring the environmental problems of population growth. For whatever reason, he sadly abandoned this argument to instead focus solely on the supply side of energy via promoting industrial wind and solar, regardless of how much land it gobbles up, how many ecosystems it destroys, etc. Perhaps because it pays more? It has also been really sad and eye-opening to watch Conservation Law Foundation, of all organizations, support the destruction of Vermont's environment.

These anti-environmentalists support the solar-panel carpet-bombing of meadows even when zoned "natural resources protection" (meant to protect open space & wildlife corridors). They support the destruction of our mountain-tops that were once protected under Act 250. Matt Dunne does not really go far enough and there are more pro-environment candidates in this race (i.e., Galbraith; Scott; and Lisman). Strange thing when the Republicans are more sensitive to the environment than majority of Democrats but that's the topsy-turvy world we live in now.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 08/04/2016 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind: A Dunne Debacle Over Renewable Siting

I'd like to know the position of all candidates on per diem reimbursements while serving in the legislative session. We already know where one candidate for LG stands. Accepting a mileage stipend for driving while carpooling with another would be considered fraud in the private sector!

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Posted by Dennis Lalancette on 08/03/2016 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind: A Dunne Debacle Over Renewable Siting

This article sure seems biased against Matt Dunne with its headline, and calling him "too clever by half - and slick as Shumlin". Why?

To me, Dunne does genuinely seem to be following the wishes of Vermonters. Doesn't anyone remember the results of the Doyle poll from this March? The poll showed that 90% of Vermonters who voted and took the poll said they wanted towns to have more say in wind siting projects. That's right, 90%. This was one of the highest percentages EVER for any Doyle poll question.

Vermonters care about their Green Mountains. It's their identity. And over-ruling local communities seems very undemocratic of Democrats.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 08/03/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Boo Who? It's Bernie or Bust at the Democratic Convention

No one expects Sanders supporters to be rational. Like overly emotional children, Sanders supporters will stomp their little feet and throw their little tantrum but Clinton, of course, will win anyway. I just hope when she does, she kicks Bernie and his merry little band to the curb, she doesnt need deadweight hanging from her coat tails.

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Posted by Roy on 08/02/2016 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Boo Who? It's Bernie or Bust at the Democratic Convention

Glad you all are publishing the responses!

Senator Bernie Sanders Needs your Help Defeating John McCain's Plan to Privatize Tonto National Forest in AZ and turn it into a giant Copper Mine.

This Bill tests his stature as a reformist Senator, and the limitations of corporate manipulation, because Rio Tinto Mining, the Australian mega land-raping corporation last year convinced McCain of Arizona to privatize the Tonto National Forest in Arizona and turn it into North America's largest copper mine. This was opposed by Bernie Sanders' Save Oak Flat Act (S2242), cosponsored by NM's Martin Heinrich and Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin. Your Senator could join this as cosponsor, if you would ask them to do so. This bill is stuck in Lisa Murkowski's Senate Energy Committee, and certainly letters to her in this regard will help a lot, plus to your own Senators asking them to cosponsor Bernie's Save Oak Flat Act (S2242).

Here is a more extensive article on this outrage, which needs your help with letters to your Senators: Saving Oak Flats Arizona from Copper Mining Giant Rio Tinto: Bernie Needs YOUR Help to Prevent Privatizing Nat'l Forest

For some of the grimmest photos of environmental destruction you have ever seen:

Bernie Sanders stands with Native Americans

Stephen Fox, Founder, Facebook Group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Win!

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Posted by Stephen Fox on 07/27/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Boo Who? It's Bernie or Bust at the Democratic Convention

It is time for us Bernie or Bust revolutionaries to lead follow or get the hell out of the way and confine our disappointment in failing to nominate Bernie to our own efforts and not those of anyone else (Bernie included) ---get over it, NOW. We have to date only demonstrated ourselves to be successful in word and ineffectively so in deed. Fortunate it is that missteps when not repeated down the wrong road are but blips in history and it ain’t over till it’s over. If we muster the gumption of great purpose over the crippling that comes of obstreperous disappointment, we can avoid the irrelevance that come of or failing more and more and recognize it is we that have been politically ineffective and out maneuvered.

We now need to assemble ourselves as Fifth-Column Democrats, take it over, and get Hillary Clinton in a landslide that brings to office a progressive Congress and force the both of them to do what needs getting done that even goes far beyond what Bernie envisions and got our progressive views in the party platform and the Hillary has no idea that she is going to accomplice because she cannot envision such.

If Hillary was as visionary as was FDR she would in her acceptance speech echo that remark to Bernie or Bust revolutionaries and tell them to make her do what needs doing in the magnitude to the New Deal that the Greatest Generation joined with FDR in making happen. And in this you cannot believe how excited I am to work harder than ever before to elect Hillary Clinton president and make her the greatest one in history---whether she likes it or not

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Posted by Sam Osborne on 07/27/2016 at 11:33 AM

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