12-15-15 – Putting Climate Change in Perspective

by James Hall

One of the biggest frauds being perpetrated on this country is the attempt by our national leaders and some misguided individuals right here in our own state of “what’s yours is mine” Vermont, is none other than climate change.

The climate has changed continually since God rested on the seventh day, after the formation of heaven and earth and all other creation of His doing.

In recent history, in Vermont, we were home to a massive flood in 1927 which hit all of the state, a hurricane in 1938 that made its way to the Canadian border, another hurricane in the ’50s that rode through the state to the border, a drought in the late-’40s in Northern Vermont, a drought in the mid-’60s in Southern Vermont, a severe flood in 1973 that hit Central and Southern Vermont very hard (particularly Windsor County), massive back-to-back snowstorms and blizzard conditions in 1978, a winter with no snow in 1979-80 and on and on to the present day.

The American people have correctly prioritized their concerns and as a result, climate change has gathered up a whopping 3 percent in the peoples’ rating of priority.

In travelling the lower 48 extensively in the last three years as I have, I have come to believe that most of the misguided 3 percent is living in Vermont, the most obvious evidence being the solar arrays from one end of the state to the other.

The carbon tax proposal in this state is another fraud on the taxpayers. The do-gooders want more of our money to do whatever with. Enough already. The state of Vermont is taking enough of our money as we speak; a reallocation of resources in the puzzle palace (Montpelier) and getting government to an affordable level so we attract business, industry and taxpayers, should be taking a priority position in planning.

The failures of the majority party and the Shumlin administration are already putting the taxpayers of Vermont at the breaking point; to add to that reality is utter insanity of the first order.

– James Hall lives in Center Rutland

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