• Gas pipeline not good for climate
    April 03,2014
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    “It’s going to grow economic opportunity and, despite what the critics say, we’re also doing the right thing for the climate because we’re going to move people from dirty oil to clean natural gas,” Shumlin said.

    In the March 28 article, “Shumlin reassures Rutland business sector,” Gov. Shumlin alleges that “despite what the critics say,” the proposal to extend a gas pipeline to Rutland is “the right thing for the climate.” With all due respect, Gov. Shumlin, repeating lies doesn’t make them true.

    Fracked gas is a dirty fossil fuel made mostly of methane, which is an extremely potent greenhouse gas — in fact, pound for pound, traps 80-100 times more heat than carbon. Shumlin should consider “science” to be a critic of this shortsighted pipeline project.

    From a governor who loves to talk about how much he cares about climate change, I find it appalling that Shumlin is not telling the full truth: Safe, cutting-edge clean-energy technologies such as air source heat pumps that are slashing bills and pollution at the same time render this pipeline completely unnecessary.

    CHRIS HARDY

    Burlington
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