Vermont Governor: “We’ve got to get off fossil fuels as quickly as we know how, to make this planet livable for our children and our grandchildren.”
Below the jump is a guest post, “Surviving My Own Predictions: A Vermont Climate Scientist Faces Hurricane Irene.”
A house in Sharon, Vermont, that started out the week on the other side of this underpass, via Masters.
The storm of the century — at least for large parts of New England — is over. But Irene’s 1-in-100 year deluge leaves devastation in its wake. Meteorologist and former hurricane Hunter Dr. Jeff Masters summed it up this way yesterday:
Record flooding continues in the Northeast from Irene’s torrential rains. Hardest hit was Vermont, where heavy rains in the weeks prior to Irene’s arrival had left soils in the top 20% for moisture, historically. Irene dumped 5 – 8 inches of rain over large sections of Vermont, with a peak of 11.23″ at Mendo. The reading from Mendo was the greatest single-day rainfall in Vermont’s history…. beating the 9.92″ that fell at Mt. Mansfield on 9/17/1999 during the passage of Tropical Storm Floyd.
Governor Peter Shumlin (D-VT) spoke Tuesday about the danger human-caused climate change poses to his state and others:
I find it extraordinary that so many political leaders won’t actually talk about the relationship between climate change, fossil fuels, our continuing irrational exuberance about burning fossil fuels, in light of these storm patterns that we’ve been experiencing.
We had storms this spring that flooded our downtowns and put us through many of the same exercises that we’re going through right now. We didn’t used to get weather patterns like this in Vermont….
We in the colder states are going to see the results of climate change first… Myself, Premier [Jean] Charest up in Quebec, Governor [Andrew] Cuomo over in New York, we understand that the flooding and the extraordinary weather patterns that we’re seeing are a result of our burnings of fossil fuel. We’ve got to get off fossil fuels as quickly as we know how, to make this planet livable for our children and our grandchildren.
What follows is a guest post by Dr. Elizabeth R. Sawin of Hartland, Vermont. Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive, a non-profit organization that creates computer simulations of climate and energy policy in the U.S. and around the world – ClimateInteractive.org.