Letter to the editor: Vermont can’t fix global warming on its own

Regarding “Protesters give legislators and F on climate work” (Addison Independent, May 27): It is unreasonable and unfair to put the blame and responsibility for the remedy to climate change at the feet of the Vermont legislator. The reason is simple. Vermont cannot by itself fix the problem, and that is because of our population size.
Two facts need to be remembered. First, Vermont, with 630,000 people, represents one-fifth of one percent of the population of the United States, which is about 330 million. Second, the world population is 7.7 billion, and is growing by more than all the people in Vermont every four days. This is the problem that underlies climate change. So far, this problem is politically untouchable.
Forcing legislators to take token measures that ignore the basic problem will only increase overall costs and restrict activities without having any positive effect on the eventual outcome.
Steve Reynolds

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