09/22/2017
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The Energy Optimist

My main point on all of this C02/climate "debate" has been and remains that the "experts" really don't know with any certainty that historically speaking C02 is a leading causal factor in warming. This article shows that in fact the ice core data does imply the opposite, that C02 rises after warming peaks, (so how could C02 be the cause of the warming peaks?). How this data is interpreted, and in what context, will likely change. But it's clear to me, from this article and others, that the "science" is being rigged to fit a particular political agenda and a particular foregone conclusion, and that's what I find so offensive: that's not science.  This article confirms that CO2 spikes follow temp spikes in the ice core data, usually by...
Friends, please check out (and share) this great video Ben Falk made from a CompostPower project this weekend, which will be used to heat radiant floor loops in his greenhouse this winter. We also just built one very similar to this that will heat the Slade Greenhouse at UVM this winter via radiant floor loops in the seedbeds (see attached). The Design Guide on www.CompostPower.org is available as a tool to guide people through the step by step process of doing this, and this video is a great complement to that that shows how to get aeration under the mass along with insulating the sidewalls with hay bales. I'm happy to answer questions or help anyone do this. CompostPower is guiding projects in VT, NH, MA, NY, Minnesota, Siberia, S....
    Smith Calls Out Shumlin and Brock for Hypocrisy on Climate Change and Energy   Working out of her homestead-office in Danby, Independent candidate for Vermont Governor Annette Smith's carbon footprint and renewable energy lifestyle sets an example that others, especially Governor Shumlin, and Randy Brock, could learn from.   “Referring to climate change, Governor Shumlin says ‘our hair is on fire’ and Vermont must do everything possible to stop climate change. Then he burns thousands of gallons of fossil fuel flying to Florida to look for EB5 money for his friends, and flies to California for a fundraiser, and flies again to California for ‘negotiations’ over computer systems with a firm that just happens to have also...
Eurocrisis fosters secession not solidarity By Darrell Delamaide Germany is setting a bad example to Catalonia, Flanders and even Venice, as Berlin’s resistance to bailing out euro-zone countries in southern Europe is fanning the flames of secession throughout the continent. Just as Germany resists financial solidarity with other members of the monetary union, these rich regions in Spain, Belgium and Italy say they are tired of seeing their prosperity siphoned off to poorer regions in their countries. Regional independence movements in Europe surface sporadically, though the threat of secession is often just posturing by regional politicians to gain more autonomy from national governments. Click to Play Spain may be shifting on...
Local Control: A Vision for a 21st Century Vermont Independent Mounting Statewide WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN for Election Day ‘12   2012 Independent WRITE IN candidate for Vermont governor Annette Smith has published her “Local Control” platform outlining a vision for a 21st century Vermont that empowers Vermont citizens and communities. “It is past time for Vermonters to claim our right to self-determination,” Annette said. “We need to challenge the monopolistic power of large corporations and the political systems that serve them, and take that power from the state and federal level back to the community level.”   1. ECONOMY/JOBS 40% of working Vermonters are making less than a $10.50 hourly wage.  We must support a...
Annette Smith For Vermont Governor Local Control: 15 Years Of Walking The Walk in Vermont Independent Statewide WRITE-IN Candidate In Upcoming Debates Since 1999, Annette Smith has pursued public service in Vermont with passion and commitment. As the founder and executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, Annette has developed a community-centric understanding of the economic and environmental challenges near and dear to all of us in Vermont. Annette has worked with local communities across the state to assert civil liberties and local control regarding natural gas pipelines, utilities, smart meters, industrial wind, mining, agriculture, groundwater, and drinking water. The independent candidate for Vermont governor...
Please watch this 5 minute video. The ridge-line wind debates in Vermont can get heated with "environmentalists" arguing on both sides of the issue. Here are some reasonable, knowledgable and well-meaning people (including myself) explaining why they don't support utility owned ridge-line wind in the Green Mountain State. The truth is that distributed solar power, owned by humans and businesses vs utilities, is much stronger economically in Vermont than utility-owned wind. Distributed solar offsets retail rates and has an un-subsidized cost per kwh of $.14 over the 25 year warranty period of the panels, whereas utility-scale wind in Vermont sells wholesale power into the grid at $.12 to $.18 per kwh, meaning that power ends up having a...
  Friends, please support this uber-important Kickstarter campaign for compost-energy R&D at Highfields Center for Composting in Hardwick (the "town that food saved" according to VT Commons blogger Ben Hewitt's book).  A similar mound system that www.CompostPower.org built through Yestermorrow at Hartshorn Greenhouse in Waitsfield a year ago stayed above 120 degrees through last winter and is still 120 today, 12 months later. It works!   We don't need to burn stuff to heat buildings and greenhouses! We can heat our spaces while making organic compost!    On October 19-20 Compost-Power (a partner of Highfield's Center for Compost in Hardwick) is doing another project on UVM's campus that will aim to HEAT THE SLADE GREENHOUSE...
Facts: 1. Geo-engineering, weather control, is a real science that Gates and others say is needed to fight climate change 2. Chem-trails (aerosol reflective metals, aluminum, strontium, barium) are real, not a secret. Supposedly to reflect sun out, reduce warming, but results show they may also increase greenhouse effect at night). 3. HAARP is real: sends concentrated beams of micro-waves into the atmosphere, causing condensation/precipitation, or evaporation, depending on what chemicals are in the atmosphere. 4. Gates is an investor in Monsanto 5. Monsanto has parents on an entire line of aluminum resistant seeds, from apples to lettuce.Questions: What is really causing the crazy weather? What is the real agenda of chemtrails? How...
Whichever side you think you fall of the (false) left -right paradigm, please find an hour to watch this amazingly well researched documentary with Woody Harrelson. This defines what's truly wrong with the US (of Empire) and has an interesting call to action aimed at empowering WE THE PEOPLE to take charge of our destiny and free ourselves, because nobody else will.  Free Vermont!  

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