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Remove McKibben from pedestal

March 4, 2013

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  • February 15, 2013
    Bill McKibben jets around the country preaching his ecological gospel while burning aviation fuel by the tanker load. At the same time, he rails against fossil fuel consumption and the subsequent carbon dioxide emissions. Is this irony, hypocrisy or what? Vermonters are really beginning to wonder. Read the comments by Kevin Jones and Suzanna Jones in this Sunday’s Rutland Herald.

    Yet when McKibben is home in Vermont, he fails to speak out against the same carbon dioxide and other noxious gases that would be emitted by a biomass plant proposed for Springfield. A plant that is expected to burn about 420,000 tons of wood chips a year, spew tons of noxious pollution into the air and require the cutting of untold numbers of carbon dioxide-absorbing trees. Could McKibben be missing an opportunity to help preserve Vermont’s air quality by speaking out against this plant? 

    Also, let’s not forget that McKibben is opposed to a moratorium on ridgeline wind turbines. He doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with the negative impact of wind turbines on Vermont’s environment and wildlife, or the fact they won’t improve air quality, may have adverse health consequences for those living nearby and will raise the cost of electricity.

    McKibben does seem to have a problem with the neighbors who express concerns about these wind turbines and apparently hasn’t been shy in expressing his views about these folks. This thinking doesn’t sound much like an environmentalist to me.

    What’s next for Mckibben, chiding Vermont farmers to get rid of their tractors and go back to using mules for plowing?

    It’s time to take Bill McKibben off of his pseudo-environmental pedestal and put him down with those individuals trying to sell their books or, God forbid, the rest of us who simply have opinions.

    PETER YANKOWSKI
    Rutland Town

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  1. Vanessa permalink
    March 4, 2013 4:21 pm

    Challenge both frequent-flyer Bill McKibben and VPIRG’s Paul Burns to try and sell Big Corporate Wind to their own real-life neighbors!!! I’m placing a safe bet that such pitches would never fly. Anyway—-Bill’s safe even to make that wild claim, though: that protected national wilderness there around his home would NEVER be touched and he knows it. That’s why he can arrogantly claim he wants the turbines right behind his house. He told us in the Fox Room of the Rutland Library last month that he himself worked TERRIFICALLY hard to put wind MET towers up in Ripton but that the wind kept blowing them down.

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