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Re: “Walters: Environmentalists Object to Scott Climate Panel Choice

This says more about Mr. Walsh, Mr. Hughes, and Mr. Erickson, than it does Ms. Smith. As the saying goes, the most important thing is just "showing up". What are they afraid of?

They seem to acknowledge that they likely have no winning arguments, because they won't even participate.

I'd like to remind everyone that Annette was named Vermonter of the Year by the Free Press for her knowledge and tireless efforts. She is eminently qualified. Her combined expertise on both State regulations and energy matters actually make her one of the most experienced.

If Vermont is ever going to function sustainably, it's people like Annette who "walks the talk" that will get us there.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 08/14/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “State Rejects Initial Application for Irasburg and Lowell Wind Project

So nice to see the Public Utilities Commission (formerly the PSB) truly applying the law. In prior rulings, they often gave wind developers a free pass. Kudos to Roisman, the new Chairman, for his sound leadership.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 07/24/2017 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Hot Ticket: A Potentially Lively Race for Lieutenant Governor

Mr. Walters continues to promote that he is some sort of soothsayer who can predict the future, and now that he can read minds, as well. And then he writes about it in a fashion which tries to show his ideas are facts, and not just his opinion. Funny, really.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 07/12/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

Ms. Smith is accurrate. The issue with this article is that it reads like a piece of reporting, when it actually is an opinion piece. Mr. Walters is entitled to his own biases, most definitely, but they should stay in his "Fair Game" column, where as a political columnist he can attack anyone and everyone, and let accurracy fall by the wayside.

If you read this article and compare the style to most of those in his Fair Game section, you will see stark differences. That is essentially the problem. The style has changed, but the biases remain.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/25/2017 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Walters: Panel Ices Wind Rules Until October

This article isn't reporting at all...it's essentially a biased opinion piece. Which, of course, as a so-called political columnist, Mr Walters is free to write. But his leading phrases, his strong opinions, and his predictions of the future...are all really unjustified.

This isn't real jounalism, and should be balanced with someone who has opinions on the other side. Relying on commenters to write in isn't quite fair.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/23/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Climate Commitment? The Governor and the Paris Accord

And here is the relevant excerpt from the paper itself (co-authored by 21 professors, climate scientists, and energy specialists). Mr. McKibben is a VT treasure, but he has tunnel-vision.

"Previous analyses have found that the most feasible route to a low-carbon energy future is one that adopts a diverse portfolio of technologies. In contrast, Jacobson et al. (2015) consider whether the future primary energy sources for the United States could be narrowed to almost exclusively wind, solar, and hydroelectric power and suggest that this can be done at low-cost in a way that supplies all power with a probability of loss of load that exceeds electric-utility- industry standards for reliability. We find that their analysiis involves errors, inappropriate methods, and implausible assumptions. Their study does not provide credible evidence for rejecting the conclusions of previous analyses that point to the benefits of considering a broad portfolio of energy system options. A policy prescription that overpromises on the benefits of relying on a narrower portfolio of technologies options could be counterproductive, seriously impeding the move to a cost effective decarbonized energy system."

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/22/2017 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Climate Commitment? The Governor and the Paris Accord

For those who may not want to click on Ms. Smith's links, here is the relevant excerpt from the NY Times article:

"In a long-awaited article published this week in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the same journal in which Professor Jacobsons manifesto appeared a group of 21 prominent scholars, including physicists and engineers, climate scientists and sociologists, took a fine comb to the Jacobson paper and dismantled its conclusions bit by bit.

I had largely ignored the papers arguing that doing all with renewables was possible at negative costs because they struck me as obviously incorrect, said David Victor of the University of California, San Diego, a co-author of the new critique of Professor Jacobsons work. But when policy makers started using this paper for scientific support, I thought, this paper is dangerous.

The conclusion of the critique is damning: Professor Jacobson relied on invalid modeling tools, committed modeling errors and made implausible and inadequately supported assumptions, the scholars wrote. Our paper is pretty devastating, said Varun Sivaram from the Council on Foreign Relations, a co-author of the new critique."

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/22/2017 at 12:14 AM

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