by Peter Freyne
Holy you know what!
State Sen-elect Peter Shumlin is not the only person in Vermont who thinks global warming ain’t a theory, but rather a front-burner issue that simply cannot be ignored a minute longer.
“The fundamental question posed by global warming, is will we be living in a planet, will our children be living in a planet that is hospitable to life by the end of this century?”
Good question, eh?
The questioner was James Moore from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. He was releasing a VPIRG report focusing on how we could heat our homes in Vermont with less fossil-fuel use, lower heating bills and less pollution - especially the kind that’s heating up Ol’ Mother Earth in a way that’s dangerous to humans.
It is that time of year, isn’t it?
Next to what comes out our car, truck and SUV tailpipes, home-heating is #2 for causing greenhouse gas emissions into the Earth's atmosphere. Heating costs have skyrocketed - more than doubling since 2002 - as the price of oil and natural gas has soared.
And worse! Those home-heating emissions are also contributing to global warming and climate change and a rather bleak future for our species unless more folks start speaking up like Vermont Senate president-pro-tem-in-waiting Peter Shumlin did in yesterday’s post - and start doing so real, real soon.
Do we really want to pretend any longer? Said VPIRG’s Moore:
“We are incredibly reliant on the tourism industry and the agricultural industry here in Vermont. When you look at climate change and the projected impacts on Vermont, we will not have a ski industry by mid-century potentially. We will not have a maple sugaring industry. We will not have a fall foliage industry.”
Also on hand at Monday’s Burlington Waterfront presser was State Sen. Virginia Lyons of Williston. Sen. Lyons is the favorite to be reappointed as chairman of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee. Lyons cartainly sounds like she's on the same page as Shumlin when it comes to the importance of the global warming issue and the demand for legislative action. Said Sen. Lyons:
“We need to pay attention to greenhouse gas emissions if we value our way of life in this state and region as well as in other parts of our globe.”
Don’t we have to do more than pay attention?
“That’s why we’re here. We want to start passing laws that will take us forward, that will help us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this state. Everyone should be paying attention.”
To get a taste of what those laws might be like, check out the “Building Solutions” report online at VPIRG’s website.
Also did you see this?
"The inaction by Congress and the Bush administration on the threat of climate change may be seen in years to come as a far greater delinquency than their misadventure in Iraq. The evidence mounts daily that the ecosystems of the globe are undergoing changes more extreme than humankind has ever experienced."
From a very frank editorial in the Times Argus/Rutland Herald. Worth a read here. It's called "Global Delinquency."
Hey, mon ami, you are not alone.