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September 26, 2011

At Montpelier Rally, Shumlin Voices Support For Climate Change Protesters Jailed at White House

Spa star rally The 1000-plus people who biked, hiked and bused to Montpelier for a climate change rally on Saturday may have been asking one another afterward, “So, did the planet move?”

It might well have, but Vermont’s mainstream media wasn’t on hand to report on it. By ignoring this spirited gathering on the Statehouse lawn — one of more than 2000 worldwide "Moving Planet Day" events organized by a coalition of groups including, Oxfam, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace — the daily papers, wire services, and radio and television outlets missed at least two important stories:

• Vermonters are accelerating the momentum on climate change issues that got going in August when Middlebury’s Bill McKibben led a series of civil-disobedience sit-ins at the White House gates.

• Peter Shumlin gave a tub-thumper of a speech that surely qualifies him as the most radical of the 50 governors on environmental and clean-energy concern.

TV outlets may have been particularly remiss in not covering so telegenic an event. About 160 cyclists together wheeled the 38 miles from Burlington to the capital city, setting off from the waterfront on a misty morning and arriving at the Golden Dome on what turned out to be a sunny afternoon.

Moving Planet Day described the rally's mission as "calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels."

Chapin Spencer, leader of the bike and pedestrian advocacy group Local Motion, predicted to his fellow pedalers and walkers that “Vermont will lead the way in the climate movement.” Mike Morelli of the Vermont Iron Workers Union also spoke, as did James Haslam, director of the Vermont Workers Center.

But it was Shumlin who most wowed the crowd — inciting even more whoops than Sen. Bernie Sanders, who followed the governor to the microphone. Sanders made a point of expressing his support for Shumlin’s stance — not just on energy and climate, but on single-payer health insurance as well. Sanders said that “if we don’t reverse global warming, all of the other issues won’t matter because we won’t have a planet for our grandchildren.”

Spa star rally 012 Shumlin made a connection between Irene’s destruction and the failure to develop alternatives to fossil fuels. Wearing jeans and a tattersal shirt, the governor poked his fingers into the air to punctuate his warning that Irene is “an example of what lies ahead for us.” Vermont, he declared, faces a “future that’s going to see more storms, more water delivered to us in extreme forms, in great doses, as the scientists have been telling us for over two generations.”

He promised to help lead a switchover to renewable energy sources, saying, “We will get off oil and we will move forward as quickly as we know how.

“And when our brothers and sisters from this great green state, whether it’s Bill McKibben or all the people next to him, stand in Washington and are willing to sit behind bars for our future, we stand with them,” Shumlin thundered.

Of course, actions speak louder than words and it remains to be seen how much the governor can actually get done. But endorsing civil disobedience outside the home of a Democratic president? That’s already much more than most elected officials would dream of doing.

"Shumlin made a connection between Irene’s destruction and the failure to develop alternatives to fossil fuels."

I'm sold on the theory of global climate change, but the above is irresponsible and exploitative. You can't connect a single 80+ year periodic storm event to global climate change. But, hey, when did Shumlin ever let science, facts, truth, honesty, or ethics get in the way of scoring political points, right?

Were his notes on VPIRG letterhead?

Something tells me that if the alternative energy silver bullet were discovered tomorrow, and its implementation wouldn't put a penny in the pockets of a handful of Shumlin's donors, we wouldn't hear another word about any of this stuff.

*Also, it should be pointed out that Luke Willard, Nulhegan Abenaki leader, gave a great speech on conservation and the Our Forests Our Future campaign (organized by the Vermont Sierra Club). Luke, to cheering crowds, called for the establishment of Abenaki forests and new town forests as the means to build wildlife migration corridors throughout Vermont. Great Job Luke!

Oh, Kev, you really think Shumlin is genuine? He'd sell out single payer and closing yankee and climate change legislation in the bat of an eye. Pay attention to something besides his clothes.

Must have been quite a laugh seeing Shumlin roll up to a climate change in his brand-new Ford Expedition. I hope he brought them both, just because.

Oops, climate change RALLY I meant of course. 7D let us edit our typos please!

"Vermont, he declared, faces a “future that’s going to see more storms, more water delivered to us in extreme forms, in great doses, as the scientists have been telling us for over two generations.”"

Oh Shummy Shummy Shummy...

Two generations? What scientists have been talking about this for two generations? I guess it depends on what you consider a generation but it was less then 40 years ago when the great entity, the IPCC, advocated spreading soot on the polar ice caps to accelerate their melting to prevent us from going into another ice age.

Bah, why actually research things. Al Gore never did and look at the fame he got.

The one factual thing in this article is that Shumlin is the most radical of the 50 governors. But on this issue it's not a surprise. After all, he has to payback Blittersdorf for all his illegal campaign contributions.

Yesterday he backslaps VPIRG and today he tosses the environmentals a cookie. He's a greatly skilled politician.

This is the same governor who recently said publicly that Vermont "should look the other way" when it comes to lawbreakers.

I just can't believe what will come out of this guy's mouth whenever there's a microphone or camera nearby.

It's not about what our leaders can do for us; it's about what we can do as leaders for ourselves! People wake- up, pick up a godd*m broom , roll up your sleeves, let's get to work. There's more bullsh*t here than one decent man can handle and clean up. jeesh..just sayin.

@jcarter IPCC did not exist 40 years ago. And the argument that a majority of scientists believed about global cooling in the 1970s is a long-time-debunked myth.

See Luke Willard, Nulhegan Abenaki leader, call for the creation of Tribal and Town Forests across Vermont at the Moving Planet rally!

Go to the below link:

Luke Willard, former Chief of the Northeast Kingdom's Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, and current Vermont Commissioner on Native American Affairs, spoke in front of a large crowd at the VT Moving Plant rally. Mr. Willard, speaking on behalf of the Nulhegan Abenaki, the VT Sierra Club, and the Our Forests Our Future campaign demanded comprehensive conservation through the creation of new town and tribal forests. Watch this historic speech now!

Francois, please show me where it was debunked?

You maybe interested in this

"“The world "could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts,” NASA scientist S.I. Rasool

“A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale,” warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, “because the global patterns of food production and population that have evolved are implicitly dependent on the climate of the present century.” - Newsweek - April 28, 1975 “The Cooling World”

"The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed."C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization

"A recent meeting of climate experts in Bonn, West Germany, produced the unanimous conclusion that the change in global weather patterns pose a severe threat to agriculture that could lead to major crop failures and mass starvation. [...] The drop [in global temps] since the 1940s has only been half a degree, but some scientists believe this is enough to trigger changes that could have important effects on the world's weather and agriculture. "1974 New York Times: "Climate Changes Endanger World's Food Output,"

I remember the 70's. That Ice Age shtick actually went on for several years. We were also supposed to starve on a global scale by the 1990's.
So take all this scare talk with a grain of salt.

Shumlin is becoming as irrelevent and credibility challenged as Obama.

Shumlin was known for being credibility chalenged long before he was elected governor.

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