Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie [right] gave some lively opening remarks at the packed Renewable Energy Conference at the Sheraton-Burlington this morning. "Wind power " and photovoltaics were gospel and Doobie-Doo expressed an open-mindedness on the issue not shared with his running mate - Gov. Jim Douglas.
As morning keynote speaker Paul Gipe put it later, "Vermont is resting on its laurels" when it comes to its environmental reputation. Wind energy in the Green Mountain state is sorely lagging.
"These things we can do together and these things we should do together, and from the perspective where I sit, although there are differences between our governor and our legislature and individuals," said Dubie, "we’re gonna work through those differences and we’re gonna find solutions and we’re gonna continue to move this state forward. Together.
"I’m gonna close with a conversation I had a year ago on a roof-top in Iraq," said Brian. "On a Baghdad evening, while I looked over the skyline, it was a beautiful night, but it wasn’t peaceful. And I was sitting next to a commanding general and he turned to me and he said ‘We need to find ways to make America less dependent on oil from dangerous parts of the world.'
"It is my belief that the work that you do is really carrying on the challenge that that general gave to me," Dubie told the green energy crowd.
"So I applaud you. We need you. We need you to inspire the next generation. We need you to help us train and retain the next workforce. We need you to enhance our moral authority around the world and we can do that by having a more energy-independent nation.
"I want to repeat that: Your work will enhance our moral authority around the world. Think about that for a while. I’ve heard people say that," said our GOP Lite-Gov, " and it makes sense to me."
Yes. He really said that.
I'm heading back for the afternoon session....