Can Vermont afford the plans put forward by our legislators? What excessive costs will the green agenda rain down on Vermont inhabitants?
EAI board member Rob Roper will answer those questions and more during a public speaking event 5:30 – 7 p.m. Friday at the Manchester Community Library in Manchester Center, Vermont. The library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave.
The following letter by Kathy Wagner of Sandgate is a reflection on the concerns many Vermonters have about the state’s uncertain green energy future — concerns that Roper will be happy to address during the event:
Vermont as we know and love it has an abundance of natural beauty, fresh air and generally happy inhabitants. I wonder how, in such a small State with a low population, some people can have such a determination to eliminate our green house gas emissions, especially from the heating sector. Are these emissions really excessive? Is our health dramatically compromised by these emissions?
Are we to follow Europe with their green agenda, which led them to abandon nuclear power plants, ban fracking and extraction of natural gas reserves? That left them with solar and wind energy, which have been proven to be insufficient in providing enough energy to heat homes and energy for all aspects of food production, among other things. Energy and food security are vital for a nation’s and our States’ well being. A Europe gone green has crippled their energy independence, and now they must rely mainly on Putin’s Russian gas to be piped into their countries. Having to depend on a nation that invades a neighboring country and indiscriminately kills thousands of innocent civilians isn’t really a good idea, is it?
It is all well and good to incorporate renewable energy in Vermont, but expecting that to replace fossil fuels which provide us the means for most of our transportation and home heating, is not practical or reasonable. We especially do not need forced inducement by bills such as H.715, an act relating to the Clean Heat Standard. This bill establishes more groups, more committees, more consultants, more administrators and will require over $1 million for FY 2023. A complicated credit system is involved, which will pressure and then ‘punish’ those who do not meet the obligations of this unelected group of people. Vermont citizens are already feeling the pinch of inflation and high costs for our heating fuel, gas for our vehicles and food. We don’t need more interference to jack up costs even more!