Editor’s note: This letter is by Randy Gray, of North Springfield. He was twice a candidate for state Senate in the Windsor district.
Many of you are first- or half-generation Vermonters. What was the attraction that brought you here? Did you come here to transform Vermont into the places you left? Did someone pay you $10,000 to locate here? I’m not being snide — these are straightforward questions.
I feel state Sen. Dick McCormack’s recent submission (“Something to write home about”) leads us to a very important conversation on climate control and the political process. The protest in the Vermont Capitol during the governor’s State of the State address was disrespectful and inexcusable. Many protesters there were school aged kids. Was this not a school day? What do these kids know of real-world situations — only what is taught by their peers and educators, educators who excuse their school attendance for this disrespectful display? How is climate change protest productive when roads are blocked, causing people to sit “idle” in their vehicles, and preventing the passage of emergency vehicles and people going to work?
I see the end result is the carbon tax, which will burden the young families and struggling seniors. Though the U.S. is one of the top polluters in the world, China is No.1, and India, Russia, Japan, Germany and Canada are all in the top 10.
Vermont has 0.002% of the U.S. population, about equal to Boston, and we think we’re going to save the world by increasing the tax burden, a tax burden that will give a rebate to those wealthy enough to afford an electric car and solar panels?
For your electric cars, where is the lithium mined, how is it recycled? Why do we support wind power when it takes more energy to make a windmill than it will ever produce? Is it recyclable? Solar panels, with their 20-year life span, are they recyclable? Why are our state agencies so against hydro power? Modern hydro is “green,” and by the use of diversion dams, non- obstructive to fish migration. Do we really want to make a change in global pollution? Almost everything is made of plastic, not just grocery bags and straws. Stop the burning of the rainforests, our natural air filter, and plant a tree.
No tax will cleanse the Earth.