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James H Maroney Jr 
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Re: “Scott Administration Proposes Draining Clean Energy Fund

If Governor Scott really wants to meet Vermont's goal to reduce the use of fossil fuels and make immediate progress toward cleaning up our atmosphere and our water, he should look again at the $60/80M/year that the state has been allocating for the past forty years to the Vermont's largest polluter and its largest welfare dependent: conventional dairy. Taxpayes would not only save some very large portion of what they have been spending to prop up this industry but they would also not have to raise an additional $70M for twenty years that Secretary of Natural Resources Julie Moore is telling us is necessary to clean up the lake. Isn't this exactly what he has been telling us he wants: results for no new taxes and no new fees?

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Posted by James H Maroney Jr on 04/12/2018 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate to Debate Raising Legal Age to Buy Firearms to 21

While calling the membership of the N.R.A. well meaning, Trump also said he told its leaders at a lunch on Sunday that its time. Were going to stop this nonsense. Its time.

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Posted by James H Maroney Jr on 03/01/2018 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Lake Carmi Pollution Triggers Call for Stricter Regulation of Dairy Farms

Secretary Tebbetts who follows in the footsteps of his many predecessors at VAAFM, is not trying to clean up the lake. He is trying to shield Vermont dairy from the kind of regulations that would. Those who want the state to meet its water quality standards should press their legislators to look again at Act 64 and the new Required Agricultural Practices Rules and ask where in these regulations is any mechanism for reducing milk production in the watershed by 85%. The target cannot be met with buffers and keeping cows out of streams. The problem is attributable to the importation (statewide) of 40,000 tons of NPK fertilizer, the importation of 400,000 tons of feed supplements and the stocking of more than one cow for every acre on which that cows feed is harvested and her manure spread. Do not be distracted by other efforts like cover cropping and nutrient management plans. No regulation that does not constrain production will obtain.

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Posted by James H Maroney Jr on 11/13/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Vermont Climate Panel Has Three Months to Land Three Ideas

The Vermont Climate Council has seated a conventional farmer, who I presume will inform the public that conventional farming is the leading cause of global greenhouse gases, ahead of both electrical and heat generation and transportation.

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Posted by James H Maroney Jr on 08/18/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Vermont Gets $45 Million to Clean up Algae-Ridden Lake Champlain

I am the youngest but one of seven sons. My father owns a little red sports car of which is is very proud and which he forbids anyone else to drive. Notwithstanding this prohibition, each of my brothers, as they came of age took out the car and smashed it up. Whenever this happens, my father calls a family meeting at which he reminds us all of his love for this car, of his strict rule that no one drive it but himself. He then spends what ever it takes to repair it. Two years later the next brother takes the car out and smashed it up; father calls another meeting, reminds us again of his love for the car, that we are not permitted to drive it and he then spends whatever it takes to put it back in condition. When my turn came, I too took the car out for a spin, lost control and smashed it up good and proper. My youngest brother turns seventeen next year.

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Posted by James H Maroney Jr on 08/29/2014 at 1:04 PM

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