At a recent energy resource fair and town meeting attended by representatives of 350.org, Renewable Energy Vermont, Efficiency Vermont, and VSECU Credit Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pitched green energy applications and said imminent climate doom should motivate Vermonters to go green with their homes, automobiles and more.
Some notable quotables from the speech:
If we have any hope of avoiding the worst consequences of climate change — including widespread crop failures, increased hunger, mass migrations, illness, ecosystem destruction and extinction of species — we have to dramatically curb carbon emissions and we have to do it now. Unfortunately, tragically, we have a president and an EPA leadership which clings to the absurd notion that climate change is a hoax — and how dangerous and tragic that is.
Don’t let Fox television or anybody else tell you that this country is divided on the issue of climate change — it is not. The vast majority of the American people know that climate change is real, that it is already causing devastating problems in our country and all over the world in terms of heat waves, in terms of prolonged droughts, more extreme storms, melting ice caps, and much more.
Let me also tell you about the other reason we should be investing in energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and that is in terms of climate change. As you all know, we are dealing with the great environmental crisis facing not only Vermont, not only America, but the entire world. And I know that all of you agree with me that we have a moral responsibility to leave this planet … healthy and habitable for future generations.
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