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