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.

Reply

Jim Bulmer March 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Shumlin is HISTORY. Need I say more?

Reply

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

Reply

Cancel reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

About Us

The Ethan Allen Institute is Vermont’s free-market public policy research and education organization. Founded in 1993, we are one of fifty-plus similar but independent state-level, public policy organizations around the country which exchange ideas and information through the State Policy Network.
Read more...

Latest News

Cal-Berkeley’s Free Online Courses Go Offline

by John McClaughry  The March 20 Weekly Standard had a notable article  from Andrew Ferguson. It’s about the clash of politically correct University of California-Berkeley with the equally...

Efficiency Vermont’s Inefficient Effect on Electric Rates

by Rob Roper Art Woolf has an excellent column in the Burlington Free Press on Vermont’s high electric rates. One of the many good points he makes is...

Solving the Immigrant Farm Labor Problem

by John McClaughry  Last Monday Vermont Digger published a really fine article by Jasper Craven about the problems faced by Vermont dairy farmers. The occasion was a statewide...

Charles Murray’s Moderate to Liberal Middlebury Speech

by Rob Roper Charles Murray’s aborted presentation at Middlebury College where he was violently chased from the stage has garnered much national attention. It has become the poster...

Plastic Bag Taxs: A Real Life Story

by Rob Roper The chatter in the State House seems to think that the plastic bag tax (H.105) actually has some shot at getting a real hearing this...

Video