12-10-15 – John Kerry Agrees with EAI Position on Climate Mitigation Efforts

by Rob Roper

At our December 3 debate with VPIRG on the subject of a Carbon Tax, the Ethan Allen Institute argued that Vermont’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions would have no effect, directly or indirectly, on temperature trajectories. Therefore, where’s the benefit of moving forward with plans to industrialize our rural landscape with wind and solar factories, at great expense to taxpayers and great harm to the Vermont lifestyle?

This line of argument was met with considerable huffing and crossing of arms from the alarmists, along with their catch all response of “denier!” – but no data to refute our position. They continue to insist that “we must do our part.” But, if our part in a plan that even on the whole would accomplish nothing, it isn’t a part worth playing. This is what the Kool Aid drinkers can’t seem to get their heads around, at least coming from us.

So, maybe they’ll listen to Secretary of State, John Kerry, who said this at the Paris Climate meetings…

The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what – that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.

If all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions –- remember what I just said, all the industrial emissions went down to zero emissions -– it wouldn’t be enough, not when more than 65% of the world’s carbon pollution comes from the developing world.

Here’s the video. https://youtu.be/aAtiygrbTSg

We’ll say it again… to claim that passing a Carbon Tax and transitioning Vermont to 90% renewable energy sources by 2050 will not “save winter” or the maple sugar industry, etc. is completely, utterly fraudulent. To make such claims is unethical.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute 

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Doug Richmond, Underhill December 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Since my wife was having a hen party, and I was banished to the office, I had a chance to endure the “debate” between EAI and VPIRG on whether is is wonderful to tax our gasoline diesel and fuel oil almost a dollar a gallon – taking advantage of the low prices on those commodities now, regardless of the high ‘normal’ price.

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Doug Richmond, Underhill December 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Since my wife was having a hen party, and I was banished to the office, I had a chance to endure the hour and a half long “debate” between EAI and VPIRG on whether is is wonderful to tax our gasoline diesel and fuel oil almost a dollar a gallon – taking political advantage of the low prices on those commodities now, regardless of the high ‘normal’ prices later on.
Now watching a “debate” with VPIRG is a horrid experience, because their avoidance of questions, their dodges on challenges are so very skillful, that an honest person has no reason to attend. or to watch. Reminds one of Alice in Wonderland, trying to question the Great Wizard behind the curtain.
Good try by our John and Rob, and I appreciate their efforts, But between the opponents unwilling to engage the questions, and a moderator either untalented, or more likely overcome by the VPIRG blatant abuse of time limits.
One thing I hammer on which was missed, is that both solar and wind, pushed by rich people getting far richer, is that neither is a reliable source of electric power. It is weather, wind and sun dependent. By definition wind and solar is unreliable. Gasoline comes by the gallon, and sits there until needed. Electricity is produced by the minute, with absolutely no way to store even 10% of the power we use. Electricity lasts about one second and is gone. You cannot heat your house with an electric heat pump at night from your solar panel. You can’t charge your electric car overnight, if the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow. You can’t run a hospital, a police effort, the presidents 24/7 luxury Airplane on this hot air.

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