9-25-15 – Vermont Climate Scientist Admits Policy Will Have No Impact

by Rob Roper

Bruce Parker of Vermont Watchdog wrote an excellent article about Vermont climate scientist, Allen Betts, regarding Betts’ signature on a letter asking the Department of Justice to use RICO laws to prosecute those who present alternative scientific research countering the politically correct narrative on global warming. The whole thing is rife with hypocrisy and frightening in its police-state mentality.

However, one other of Betts’ comments deserves a spotlight all its own. Asked if Vermont’s efforts to control climate change – paving our pastures with solar panels and industrializing our ridge lines with wind towers – will have any impact, Betts admitted, no.

“If the whole world went carbon neutral tomorrow, the earth has huge lags in it, and we’ll be faced with rising temperatures and greater extremes for the next 50 years,” Betts said…. “It’s totally unrealistic to pretend that Vermont will control a global problem…”

All the damage we are doing to the aesthetic value of our state, the ecosystems disrupted by this development, the danger posed to birds, bats and other wildlife, potential pollution of our waterways, and the un-discussed question of what to do with tens of thousands of acres of used solar panels when their life-cycle expires will accomplish exactly NOTHING.

Betts, along with other advocates in the State House of moving forward with industrializing Vermont’s rural landscape with renewable energy factories, thinks we should do it anyway. We should set an example for others to follow.

But, we should ask, how is Vermont setting an example for others to follow if we are in fact selling our carbon credits to other states so that they can continue to burn fossil fuels? Our policy – one that some people profit mightily from – is to enable others, not to convince them to change their ways.

Vermont’s current energy policy and the people who put it into place are just plain stupid (Or, they think we are.) By their own admission, the end result will be a despoiled Vermont AND no impact on climate change. Is this really what Vermonters want? I bet no.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim Bulmer September 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Rob, Just one more of MANY examples of the level of ignorance and well meaning stupidity that rules the day in Montpelier. It’s always today and the mess that shows up tomorrow will be the tax payers problem.


Greg lapworth September 26, 2015 at 11:11 pm

Alan Betts????


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