A reading of this diary could benefit from the perspective leant by an earlier GMD diary about Bob Hartwell.
What’s up with Senator Bob Hartwelll of Bennington?
Seven Days is reporting that Hartwell, who chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee doubts the very existence of human influenced climate change!
Quoth Senator Harwell:
“To suggest that mankind is causing the whole climate to shift, that’s a big reach,” he added. “I don’t think anybody’s ever proved that.”
Continuing his conversation with Seven Days’ Paul Heintz, Hartwell goes on to parrot nearly every right wing talking point on the subject.
Where are we? Texas?
This guy is a Democrat; and he chairs the committee that shapes all of Vermont’s policies with regard to energy.
As VPIRG’s Paul Burns astutely observes:
“It helps to explain, perhaps, why the chairman has such a hostile view toward renewable energy development. I guess, in his mind, you can’t solve a problem that doesn’t exist.”
That a climate change denier occupies the key position on Vermont’s Senate energy committee confirms that even a whopping Democratic majority is capable of significant dysfunction when the Governor is more concerned with his own agenda for self-advancement than with building a sound progressive policy legacy to leave behind.