Opinion: State has missed the mark on its energy policy

For two May days I’ve stood on the lawn in front of the Capitol building in Montpelier with my two-by-three pictures of Vermont and New Hampshire mountains depicting the process of being destroyed by the cutting, blasting and bulldozing by green renewable energy facilities.
The pictures are uncomfortable. They make people stand and stare.
“Is this what really happens?” they ask. “I had no idea!”
In those two days these past two years I’ve only seen two representatives and two senators at the event. One senator ignored the booth despite walking by three or four times and last year another senator saw the pictures and abruptly turned and politicked elsewhere. This booth display drew snickers from a crowd of energy buffs that accidently strolled upon the booth while cutting over to the Lyme disease display.
The energy bill was passed by our Big Brother, Vermont’s legislative government. When an energy bill is passed on the coat tails of manufacturing gun silencers, democracy takes a hit. It’s a bill which the Joint Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources backed while once again pushing an agenda with token siting rules and pandering to the renewable energy block. And once again giving no say to Vermonters or their communities to determine where one can site these energy projects.
So much for Democracy!
Dhyan Nirmegh, Starksboro

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