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Re: “Environmentalist Bill McKibben Dumps Dunne for Minter

Annette Smith repeats the same mantra about wind power over and over, presumably believing that repetition will make it come true.

“… when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine, the answer is fossil fuel generators….” That’s ALREADY the answer: most of Vermont’s current electricity comes from natural gas, hydro and nuclear.

But when the wind DOES blow and/or the sun DOES shine, Ms. Smith simply ignores the obvious: less power from the gas plants (perhaps none) will be needed or generated. The plant remains in place for windless or cloudy days, but it is no longer emitting as much greenhouse gas (and other) pollution into the atmosphere.

The need for backup power – which doesn’t HAVE to come from natural gas, although currently in New England, it mostly does – is also only about 5% of what Ms. Smith suggests. Build 1000 MW of wind projects (if anyone thinks that’s at all likely in Vermont), and you’d need roughly 5MW of backup power from other sources. See…, p. 21 of pdf.

Developing more wind and solar means just what it says, and the consequence of doing so means using LESS power from other sources, including natural gas. That’s why wind and solar are the fast growing energy sources in the US and around the world. Ms. Smith apparently doesn’t get it; fortunately, the rest of the world does.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 08/01/2016 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Media Note: VPR Cries Foul Over Lisman’s Use of Its Photo in Campaign Flier

Did anyone else notice that the word "Republican" does not appear anywhere on the flyer?

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 05/27/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Leahy, Sanders Urge Quick Confirmation of Scalia Successor

In 2006, when some Democratic senators were threatening to filibuster Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, McConnell thundered: “The Constitution of the United States is at stake. Article II, Section 2 clearly provides that the President, and the President alone, nominates judges. The Senate is empowered to give advice and consent.… [T]he Republican conference intends to restore the principle that, regardless of party, any President’s judicial nominees, after full debate, deserve a simple up-or-down vote. I know that some of our colleagues wish that restoration of this principle were not required. But it is a measured step that my friends on the other side of the aisle have unfortunately made necessary. For the first time in 214 years, they have changed the Senate’s ‘advise and consent’ responsibilities to ‘advise and obstruct.’”


The whole article is worth a read.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 02/15/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Shumlin: Vermont Will Continue to Welcome Syrian Refugees

This is a nation of immigrants. Almost all of us are either immigrants ourselves or descended from immigrants.

Governor Shumlin, himself descended from immigrants, is doing nothing more than expressing basic American principles. He should be commended for doing so.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 11/17/2015 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Power Struggle: Vermont Utilities Don't Want New Wind Energy

“Wolfganger” simply ignores the fact that the Public Service Board has required developers of large VT wind and solar projects to establish decommissioning funds for them and to report annually on the funds’ status before a permit is granted. See, e.g.…, pp. 8-9 and… for examples.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 10/08/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “House Panel Balks At Rising Efficiency Vermont Fee


I agree with all of Annette’s suggestions.

Here are 2 more. First and most obvious, call BED and discuss the matter with them. Certainly, if there’s a billing issue, they’re the folks to deal with it.

Second, there are devices on the market called demand meters which you can use to measure exactly where the power in your house is going. The ones I’ve heard about cost around $30. It’s quite possible that BED or EEV would let you borrow one for a day or two.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 02/26/2015 at 12:27 PM

Re: “New Bill Aims to Stop Funding Out-of-State Schools

A technical comment.

Mr. French says of residency in Vermont: ""There's no clear, qualifying standard in the law," he said. "We're left on our own."

Why not insure that residents for property tax purposes are also residents for income-tax purposes? At least that way, if they're using their Vermont residency to pay for out-of-state tuition, they'll also be paying income taxes to their new state of "residence."

Posted by JohnGreenberg on 02/09/2015 at 9:35 AM

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