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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Fair Game

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

Oh, anonymous mythical seer from Delphi, pray tell where in my post I reveal that I don't "believe" in science. Of course, science isn't supposed to be a belief system at all, is it?

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Posted by Chris Roy on 08/25/2016 at 12:46 PM

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

Chris Roy, republican lawyer supportive of the F35s, doesn't believe in science. Surprise, surprise.

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Posted by The Oracle on 08/25/2016 at 12:21 PM

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

^This is not a majority^ It is however pretty damning evidence against the propagandists for global warming. How many of you that are trying to push this junk science through are actually scientists or meteorologists?
The few that do may have a underlining agenda such as federal grant money that could dry up. If there is anything that I have discovered, it is that much of the evidence that is pro global warming has been debunked. And many that were on the side of the global warming argument have confessed that it was a sham- including the founder of green peace. If you want to know what by far is the biggest influence on our climate look up in the sky at that bright light 92 million miles away. And maybe if you really want to find out what's effecting things you may want to look at the solar activity cycle and how it corresponds to temperature mean averages for that segment of time.

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Posted by Pat Liebrecht on 08/25/2016 at 7:40 AM

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

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change.…

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Posted by Kevin Goslant on 08/24/2016 at 10:09 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.

8 likes, 1 dislike
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

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