2-12-15 – VPIRG Snow Job

Posted by Rob Roper

I just got this in my email box from the folks at VPIRG:


Imagine a Vermont without snow. No skiing. No snowmen. No sledding. No ice skating.

With the entire Northeast digging out from more storms, this may seem unthinkable. But it’s the very real future we face unless we act now to confront global warming….

“Unless”? Here’s what really frosts me. VPIRG knows perfectly well that no measures anyone takes on any scale – statewide, nationally or globally – will have enough impact on global global climate trends (as they, VPIRG, understand the science) to affect Vermont’s future snowfall at all.

In fact, here is a video of VPIRG’s Ben Walsh testifying to House Energy & Natural Resources committee that even if the entire U.S. stopped emitting all CO2 tomorrow and started running on “pixie dust”, the effect on the trajectory of climate change would be nil. (Video’s only a minute long. Well worth the time.)

There’s a word for this kind of advertising of false claims: fraud.

The email concludes with an invitation to write to info@energyindependentvt.org for more information. Take them up on it. Ask them this: If we put windmills on every Vermont ridgeline and fill every field with solar panels, does that mean we will have saved winter in Vermont for future generations? (Spoiler alert! No.)

If we do move forward with turning our pastures, farmland and ridge lines into industrial power generation facilities it won’t be because doing so will save skiing, sledding and skating, or even maple syrup. We will be doing it because…. well, that’s a good question. What is the point?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim Bulmer February 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm

VPRIG is just one more organization in Vermont run by folks who ignore facts and blindly plow ahead to promote their agenda. Unfortunately, they make so much noise, they drown out the voices of reason.


Steve Jackson February 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Global warming exists to counteract global cooling which occurs about every 10,000 years with or without people and both conditions are caused by the wobbling of the earth’s axis. Climate change thankfully melted a two-mile blanket of glacial ice that covered Vermont during the last ice age.

Efficient energy technology will, by itself, be encouraged by the free market place; being reinvented and improved by its success. Government grants and mandates only encourage inefficiency, fraud and corruption. The “better mousetrap” in mass energy production has yet to be invented. Let the marketplace find it on its own and it will happen sooner rather than later.


Doug Richmond, Underhill February 17, 2015 at 3:06 am

Stand by for an emergency press conference where Algore, Bernardo, VPIRGers, and the Big O will answer questions about the urgency of combatting “global Warming” NOW!.

Update: Conference postponed due to record cold and snow weather. It will be rescheduled when America warms to the topic.


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