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"The Little Law School That Could." Keep up the good work.
I'm a strong supporter of solar; I have 2k on my shed roof and have minimized my environmental footprint in a hundred ways. The environmental ideologues Hartwell refers to here are those that think gigantism is the answer to climate change. Those who believe that our natural resources and habitats, our people, our small towns, are expendable in the crusade to lead the world in controlling emissions. But shoving gigantism down the throats of people and wildlife in the NE Kingdom and elsewhere does little to promote the considerable benefits of renewables in Vermont.
VPIRG's Paul Burns would have you believe Vermont should lead the way and turn the tide against climate change. Meanwhile, China doubled its electricity consumption between 2000 and 2007, and U.S. coal exports are booming. Need I remind anyone that it's all one atmosphere? Locally produced and used electricity which doesn't generate profits for multinational corporations and divide Vermont towns is what I see best serving Vermont. In doing so we will stop the destruction what is good in small town/small state efforts, and protect natural habitats that will be nothing but more valuable as we enter what lays beyond. Aldo Leopold stressed that we must "keep all of the parts" - not sacrifice them to the gods of multinational corporations.
And to those who cry we need more? I agree we need more... we need to alter industrial civilization while there still ARE "parts." But in a culture that sees growth as its god, that's unlikely. Rather than divide our state in so many ways, why not focus on localized projects utilizing already built environments and already disrupted lands for renewable solar and efficiencies. Why not create self-reliant towns and reduce transportation miles. Why not live as if we weren't the only species on this planet.
Joe Goetz has..or he had (sigh) the best classical program on VPR - this decision simply rots. Negative impressions have been growing when listening to VPR - ads for their programs have reached telemarketer pitch (one instance: stop pushing Art Hounds, for pete's sake..enough!) - and they go and dump the best classical show. Their statement says they wanted to improve citizen engagement - well this isn't how ya do it!
I've been a member at VPR since 1994 and am sorely tempted to buy an internet radio and be done with them. I'll still tune in to Jane Lindholm when she returns--the best part of the station - but my membership may go toward the new radio, that's how engaged I am. I'm still annoyed at their shoving Robert Resnick's fine show into evening - when children are unable to listen and enjoy. Not much for kids anymore on VPR. Bah!
"I'd encourage all vermonters with shoreline property to go out this week and cut down every tree with 100 feet of the shore."Congratulations! You've illustrated the mindset that makes this legislation needed ASAP.