VT Press Not Interested in Reporting Science Behind Energy Policy

by Rob Roper

I had an enlightening exchange with the news editor of a local paper (I won’t say who out of respect for what was a private correspondence) regarding my recent Op-Ed, “If Science Is the Standard…,” about the dangerous and unfortunate attempts by the left to politicize and weaponize the word science. This person just couldn’t understand what the problem was. Why was I even writing on this topic?

Particularly, he couldn’t understand why I was picking on VPIRG over what science says about the impact of proposed climate change solutions versus their claims of “saving Vermont winters.” He wrote:

…there are plenty of cases of hypocrisy that you could have spent your time and effort writing about that would have more consequence than whether VPIRG is lying about the extent of our ability to slow down climate change.

Here I disagree. This is no small lie! It is a lie upon which policies affecting the future of our landscape, ecosystems, and economy are being founded. And the hypocrisy is not just VPIRG’s but the press’ as well. If they really believe in the sanctity of true science, they would be pressing VPIRG and the politicians to scientifically substantiate the claims they make regarding the impact of state environmental policy on future temperature trends, severe weather, etc. They don’t because they know there is no such evidence.

We went back and forth on climate change and “science” for a couple of days. I explained to him why I wrote the piece and the thinking behind it. Having done my best to answer his questions, I asked one concluded by asking him to take a shot at answering one of mine: “Why won’t the press call out VPIRG and our politicians (you have a few good candidates in [your community]) for essentially perpetrating a fraud on the people of Vermont when it comes to energy policy and its impact on climate change?”

It’s been two weeks. I haven’t heard from him.

I had a similar experience with Mike Polhamus of Vermont Digger. He was writing an article on Carbon Tax proposals and, as part of a fairly long interview, asked if I denied climate change was happening. I said no, what I deny is that there’s any scientific data to support the notion that these Carbon Taxes or going to 90% renewable energy sources by 2050 will do anything to impact climate change, certainly not to the extent where it will “save winter” in Vermont. I challenged him to put that reallity to the sponsors of these bills. He didn’t.

The Vermont press knows that Vermont environmental policy is a fraud. Sadly, it’s a fraud they would rather perpetuate than uncover.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

William Hays May 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm

Wouldn’t have been talking to the editor of the “Stowe Reporter”, would you?


Rob May 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm

No, but…


Leslie Allen May 12, 2017 at 11:35 pm

But why do you think this is? Is there widespread stupidity? are there social pressures from being in a very socialist State? or is there fear from differing from the mind set within the particular news organization?


Rob Roper May 15, 2017 at 8:32 pm

I think most of the press is more interested in pushing this agenda than reporting on it. Certainly none of them want to be seen by their peers as a “denier!” I also think that much of their audience likes the story line that Vermont is on the cutting edge of this kind of socio/enviro movement, leading the way for the world, and nobody wants to be the skunk at the garden party who calls BS on the whole charade. They have no interest in pressing the politicians and activists to tell the truth. Pathetic, really.


John McClaughry May 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm

The climate change gang really knows very little if anything about the science behind atmospheric behavior. A recent letter to the Caledonian Record blasted Rob for this piece, and in rebuttal listed all the awards Bill McKibben, Al Gore, and Bill Nye have received from people like them. Who are you to deny the views of these heroes?
What these people can not do is say “Global Climate Models used by the IPCC have been validated by the discovery of the predicted “hot spot” at 10km in the troposphere over the tropics.” They have no idea what that sentence means.All they know is that the people who share their leftist political views have all agreed to flog “climate change” as the rationale for putting the government in charge of energy production, and hence consumption.
Incidentally, the “hot spot” did not show up, after twenty years of searching by microwave satellites and radiosonde balloons. The GCM models remain unvalidated and thus worthless.


Meredith Angwin May 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

it’s hard to believe people are serious about stopping climate change when they are equally (or more) serious about stopping nuclear power. Nuclear makes about 60% of the non-greenhouse power in the U.S., hydro makes about 20%, and everything else (wind, solar, biomass, geothermal) makes the other 20%.

But these groups seem quite happy to shut down the 60%, while claiming that we must do EVERYTHING possible about climate change….everything except nuclear.


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