Shumlin’s 10-Year Climate Prediction Goes Bust

by Rob Roper

How time flies. It was nearly ten years ago to the day that then Senator Peter Shumlin proclaimed on VPR,

… New Jersey’s climate is moving to Vermont in the next decade. That has tremendous implications in our economy’s ski, maple-sugar making, leaf-peeping and the list goes on and on. So we are — I at least am — looking at this with a major sense of panic. (Source: Marketplace.org)

Well, here we are digging out from two feet of powder, putting an exclamation point on what’s been an excellent ski season, following one of the most brilliant foliage season in recent memory. Looking forward to a successful sugaring season, too! So, it doesn’t look as if Mother Nature didn’t Jersey Vermont after all.

The moral of the story is that panic on this issue isn’t warranted, and listening to the panicked (or advocating panic) is ill advised.

Thanks to the EAI supporter who reminded me of this auspicious anniversary and shared the link to the quote!

- Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Willem Post March 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

Robert,
Legislators like to have a leader who makes such off the wall statements, without proof. It has CYA value.
Predicting the future is difficult.

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Jim Bulmer March 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Shumlin is HISTORY. Need I say more?

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Willem Post March 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Hi Jim,
Twice of three times, he had to be rescued by the legislature, because he could not get 50% of the vote.
He has been a disaster for Vermont’s pristine ridgelines and fertile meadows

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