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Unfortunately, I need to disagree with almost all of the comments above. I do not condone violence. The students who pushed the speaker and professor should be held accountable. However, The speaker's opinion is not just a point of interesting debate. Even if the speaker does not call himself a white supremacist, his views are the perfect fodder for their actions. And, it is clear, if you have any contact with people with brown skin at all, that it is not true. The only difference between people with different skin color is skin color and maybe a little body hair differences. There is no such thing as a separate race. I support the students who shouted him down. Middlebury should be ashamed of itself for inviting this speaker. I am Jewish. We have seen where this kind of pseudo-science goes. The current "alt-right" is just a more pallatible word for Neo-Nazi. Steve Bannon and his friends believe that Jews are not really human and should be exterminated or, at least, all move to Israel. They believe that African heritage people and, all those who are not "white" are lazy, of inferior intelligence, and should either be treated as slaves or go back to "where they came from". Like Hitler, they believe that gay and lesbian people are subhuman and should either be "converted" or killed. They believe that women should do what men tell them to do. That is what Neo-Nazis and the KKK believe. The speaker represents their view points. This is not new academic information. Please, let Middlebury focus on relevant scientific research that can provoke real debate and bring us to improving the lives of everyone.
I have to agree with ConcernedVTer. It is clearly not about health effects. Even if the turbines make some noise, many people live in more urban places with regular noise levels greater than a wind farm 1/4 to more miles away. They do fine. There are utility substations in the state which have a much greater concentration of electric current flowing than a wind farm. It is about aesthetics and wanting the landscape to look like it always did.
In the meanwhile, even if we reduce our energy conmsumption by 50%, which I want us to do as quickly as possible, we need to supply the other 50% with renewable energy. Right now, we get about 4% of our power from in-state renewables.
Hydro-Quebec flooded vast areas of wilderness and ended the way of life for many first nations people in Quebec to build there huge dam projects. This is not the same as Vermonters not liking the view of wind turbines or solar farms. Communities in West Virginia see their entire hill sides removed so mining companies can get at the coal underneath. Other communities world wide see their water being contaminated by natural gas fracking operations. Vermont just closed VT Yankee which WAS emitting radiation as part of its regular functioning. We need renewable energy as fast as we can get it. Yes, we should consider impacts on wetlands and endangered species and all of the other environmental concerns that are ALREADY BEING considered in the permitting of all of these projects that a vocal minority of people are against.. We need to get to 90% renewable earlier than 2050. 90% by 2030 is a realistic goal if we want to keep temperature rise below 2°C.