By John McClaughry
Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment has been closely following the meetings of the Climate Council, which is drafting a sweeping plan to save us from climate change.
A couple of weeks ago she reported: “Twice I have asked the question about what happens if every state in New England adopts a 100% renewable energy standard, and how that results in shutting down the gas plants (which are at this moment providing 70% of the region’s electricity). I told them I want to see a road map of how that happens. The members’ response is akin to deer in the headlights.”
“Kerrick Johnson of VELCO said they are looking at more Hydro Quebec power. There will be a lot of pushback from people about buying more H-Q electricity, at least in Vermont.”
“The Vermont Climate Council is on the path, which is obviously pre-ordained, to commit to full electrification of everything — cars, grid upgrades, home charging upgrades, chargers everywhere, heat pumps, clean heat. In the Council’s Cross Sector Mitigation subcommittee I’m dogging their talking about a ‘clean fuel’ standard for cars, plus a rah rah pitch for the [eleven-state] Transportation Climate Initiative which the Council will be recommending Vermont joining. The price tag for all this appears to me to be astronomical.”
That’s just a sampler from these climate crazed activists who expect “rivers of money” — their description — to bring it all about. Hang on to your wallet.