Having been born and raised in Vermont in the 1960s and 70s, I remember the state always being environmentally aware and active in the sense of clean water, clean air and beautiful landscapes. The drive behind this traditional environmentalism came from the natural beauty of the state’s rolling green hills, mountains, lakes, forests and rural charm. There was always a desire to protect and preserve.
I’m no photographer, but here are a couple of shots I took of Vermont awhile back.
Near Craftsbury, Morey Hill Rd. I own a one and a quarter acre lot about a mile away.
The “climate rescuers” want to industrialize these areas. Town Hill Rd. Wolcott
View from the top of Mt. Mansfield, just under the clouds.
I remember many long walks along gravel roads like the ones pictured above when I was a boy.
In the 1970s environmentalist kooks started pouring into the state from places like New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. With them they brought an extreme strain of environmentalism, and lots of connections to big business and financiers.
Before too long a mission of a much higher order took hold: the world climate had to be rescued, whatever it took. And the only way to protect Vermont’s way of life and icons like maple syrup, ski industry and fall foliage season (what Germans like calling “Indian Summer”), they told us, was to build huge industrial wind turbines on Vermont’s mountain tops. The slick environmentalists somehow managed to convince the citizens to enter this madness.
And politicians, always the first to be duped, took it in hook, line and sinker. Old US Senators like Jim Jeffords, Pat Leahy and Bernie The Kook Sanders, who years earlier had warned us that rain was threatening our mountains and forests, led the way and suddenly became huge proponents of mountain top wind power. Soon construction companies and power companies began cutting down forests and blasting mountain tops in order to make way for the 500-foot monster wind turbines. Vermont patted itself on the back, believing it had become a global leader, role model and hero in “climate protection”.
Ethan Allen rolled in his grave.
Today, now that some windparks have been erected on mountains tops just a couple miles from my hometown, Vermont residents are starting to wake up, and many are truly shocked by the ugly reality of industrial wind energy. Citizens are realizing the wool had been pulled over their eyes.
Website Energize Vermont here reports that Vermont state senators Joe Benning and Bob Hartwell have drafted a bill calling for a moratorium on wind energy in the green mountain state. It’s high time.
What follows is a video of the press conference by these senators presenting a powerful case:
At 6:47 Benning:
The problem ladies and gentlemen is our Public Service Board has gone from its original mission of trying to determine whether or not a public good can be sustained when electric power is available, it itself can be sustained, and is inexpensive. That was the original intent of the Public Service Board. That mission has morphed into ‘industrial wind is renewable, and therefore it is good. We must build it now. We must build as much of it as possible and we igonre this kind of environmental destruction and the social upheaval that comes with it’.”
Disappointingly, the senators still believe in all the climate change crap and they advocate other silly energy sources that wouldn’t fulfil the Public Service Board’s original intent. But progress is slow at times, and I suspect they’ll have to get burned by every type of worthless renewable energy before they do finally learn. I’m sure there are plenty of people who are already telling them that solar and biogas are crap, too. Do you think they are listening?
We’ll have to be patient.
No matter, note the loud applause when Benning points out that mountain mutilation “is not right”. A few years ago such a reaction would have been unimaginable. There’s thunderous applause throughout the press conference. The growing momentum is palpable.
It’s interesting to listen to the comments of the senators. I can’t believe that they had not been told about the problems with wind energy earlier.
I don’t know what the situation is like in WUWT’s Ric Werme’s state of New Hampshire, Vermont’s sister state.
Please feel free to Send e-mails of support to any Vermont leader Senators with links to interesting stories we’ve discussed here in Europe, like: http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8807761/wind-farms-vs-wildlife/ or http://www.ref.org.uk/press-releases/281-wearnandntearnhitsnwindnfarmnoutputnandneconomicnlifetime