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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

Re: “The Parmelee Post: Rebellious Refrigerator Routinely Exceeds Proposed Wind Noise Decibel Limits

Many of Parmelee's satirical posts are indeed funny. This one is not. It is offensive on many levels, totally dismissing the serious nature of the issue and folks health issues. And then it makes a rude comment about people getting used to 115db level noise of fighter jets, which is absurd. Freedom or not, 115db noise can cause permanent hearing loss, not to mention no one could sleep through it.

Parmelee should take lessons from The Onion on how to do satire properly. This one is not only in poor taste, but it's just not really funny.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/12/2017 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Scott Appoints Lawyer Anthony Roisman to Vermont Public Service Board

This is truly an excellent appointment. Mr. Roisman is a man of high integrity, and one would be hard pressed to find anyone more qualified. He often has fought for those marginalized and against well-funded adversaries. He has the ability to restore some public trust into the PSB process, which has been sorely lacking the last few years on multiple projects.

Kudos go to Scott on this one.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/02/2017 at 4:20 AM

Re: “Media Note: Stowe Reporter Owners Buy Shelburne, Charlotte Newspapers

This is the best news for Shelburne in quite a while. The Shelburne News has had very biased reporting for several years under its former ownership, due to a familial connection they had with a Selectboard member. They would not print anything critical of the Selectboard, even when the board broke State statues or had offensive and egregious behavior which the residents protested. And important issues were often completely ignored, if it reflected poorly on the Selectboard or its leadership.

Look no further then when the Selectboard attempted to oust another member of its board back in February (Josh Dein), just weeks before the March elections. Only an outcry from residents (which got little coverage in the local paper), and a State court injunction kept it from happening. The other Selectboard members were acting as plaintiff, judge, jury, witnesses, and prosecutor...all at the same time. Patently illegal. The Shelburne News deleted all its online comments critical of the Selectboard, and refused to print similar LTEs. Yet they kept the ones praising the Selectboard. It was censorship at its absolute worst.

The new owners need to completely clean house. They would be wise to talk to several prior editors who had very short tenure there because they were ordered not to print certain articles.

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Posted by VTPolicyAnalyst on 06/01/2017 at 12:46 PM

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