Solutions to climate change mainly need political will

By ERIC COKER Now that climate change deniers have evolved into climate change effect-deniers (McClaughry: “Climate change debatable,” Dec. 27, 2018, Shelburne News), it is getting easier to point out flaws in their “rational” thought processes. They are using selective skepticism to make the case for keeping the status quo. I’d like to call him… Read More »

Vermonters in recovery could bolster shrinking workforce

By CHUCK HAFTER & RON STANKEVICH Politicians and economists are sounding the alarm over Vermont’s shrinking labor force and how the resulting worker shortage threatens the well-being of our state. At the end of 2017 there were 12,737 fewer Vermonters in the labor force than at the end of 2009. Though Vermont added workers in… Read More »

Climate change: Why I can’t give up

By NOAH TAMAS-PARRIS When I found out about this year’s United Nations climate report, I had a panic attack. I was pinned against the size of the world I lived in, shaking in the fear of my own smallness; little, little me against 7.6 billion people. I saw the 12 (now less than 12) years… Read More »

McClaughry: Climate change debatable

By JOHN MCCLAUGHRY Last month, the U.S. government’s Global Climate Research Program delivered a congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment report. “Grim” is too weak an adjective for the terrors that the report describes. Here’s an attempt to summarize the document: The earth is steadily getting hotter. “Human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the… Read More »

Sandra Levine: Picking up the pace on climate action

By SANDRA LEVINE Climate change is the biggest environmental and public health challenge of our generation. And fighting it just got tougher. Since 1990, climate-damaging emissions have increased 16 percent in Vermont. On top of that, the most recent report by more than 90 of the top climate scientists from 40 countries shows that the… Read More »

Wilmot Irish: Deciding to stop driving

Wilmot Irish: Deciding to stop driving

By WILMOT IRISH The first time I drove a car I was with Dad in his ’34 Chevy. At 16, I could see over the steering wheel, but easing the clutch with the left foot while pressing the accelerator with the right was a coordination I did not yet have. As we jolted around our… Read More »