Letter: Dear Brattleboro voters
It's easy to forget about climate change in the middle of winter. Is it real? Yes. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. I feel like the poor frog in the lab experiment where the water that it was immersed in got hotter and hotter, until it eventually killed the frog — but froggie didn't notice because it happened so slowly. I don't want to be that frog. I want to take action.
What action can I take? I'm not in the financial position to trade my car in for an electric vehicle or change the heating system in my 1950 house from oil to something that doesn't add carbon to our already-saturated atmosphere. I can call people in Washington (and I have, many times, for many reasons), but my concerns are not the priorities of the current administration. Instead of providing leadership and vision, this administration is wiping out Obama's better-than-nothing environmental policies in a fast race to catastrophe. They are making a bad situation worse by putting obstacles like tariffs on solar panels in the way of climate solutions. Sad.
But here is an action that we can all take. There will be a non-binding advisory resolution on the Town Meeting ballot that encourages our town's leaders to conservatively and responsibly phase out the use of fossil fuels in town buildings and vehicles. Many other towns in Vermont will have similar resolutions on Tuesday, March 6. Let's support the resolution and send the message not only to our town's decision-makers, but to Montpelier and beyond.
Please join me in voting to approve Article II on side two of this year's Town Meeting ballot. Some may argue that a non-binding resolution is nothing but a feel-good measure, and that it won't actually do any good. I would rather feel good and hopeful than discouraged and defeated. If you want to change something, saying so is a good place to start. I want to look at my kids and grand-kids and tell them that I tried to do something. How about you?
Brattleboro, Feb. 12
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