Bernie Sanders vs. Vermont's ridgelines

Letters to the editor

— U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) news conference was in favor of destroying Vermont's cherished, pristine ridge lines with environmentally-damaging, health-damaging, property-value-lowering, visually-offensive, noise-making, bird-killing IWT projects, that produce expensive, variable, intermittent energy, i.e., junk energy, that could not be used on the grid, unless it is balanced by quick-ramping gas turbines operating in inefficient part-load-ramping mode.

The inefficiencies use extra fuel/kWh and emit extra CO2/kWh, that offset much of what wind energy was meant to reduce.

This is not about CO2 emissions reduction, but about schlepping federal subsidies to Vermont to benefit the wealthy few at the expense of the many.

World CO2 emissions in 2011 equaled 33,990 million metric ton, Vermont's CO2 emissions in 2011 equalled 8.1 million metric ton; only 4 percent of that from generating energy.

How much difference can Vermont make? Answer: nothing.

Willem Post

Woodstock, Vt.

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