by Angela Chagnon
Montpelier – The severe flooding of Lake Champlain the past summer brought together Governor Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Jean Charest for the purpose of creating an international task force to study the issue and to help restore the water quality of the lake.
At a scheduled Montpelier press conference, Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, said that Vermonters need to be prepared for increasing amounts of precipitation in the future.
“Although no one can say for certain that this past year’s floods were caused directly by a changing climate, we do know that we’ve seen a heavier precipitation over the years, we’ve seen a marked change in Vermont,” she said.
Governor Shumlin didn’t hedge. He seemed intent on blaming the state’s severe flooding on “Climate Change”, in spite of Markowitz’s more cautious statement.
“Smart scientists have been saying for some time that, this is not only true, that we’re going to get about 20% more precipitation that’s going to come with more violent storms,” he said. “But that’s going to increase [from] this time forward because of climate change-related issues.”
Shumlin’s continued faith in anthropogenic climate change comes at a time when the scientists behind of global warming alarmism are under growing scrutiny by the public. A recent Rassmussen poll revealed that 69% of American adults believe that scientists have, at least somewhat, falsified their findings about the human contribution to climate change.
Other stories indicating that climate models used by proponents are not accurately predicting outcomes and statements by scientists from Pennsylvania State University that Climate change may incite aliens to destroy humanity (giving new meaning to the term “little green men”) probably don’t help matters much.
But, whatever the cause of the flooding, the Governor and the Quebec Premier recently sent a letter to both President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper requesting that the International Joint Commission be given the responsibility to create and administer the study of flooding and water quality.
The Lake Champlain Basin Project is coordinating a conference to be held in Burlington later this year. Experts on science and policy have been invited to attend and discuss ways to prevent and reduce future flood damage, the Governor’s office said.
Shumlin said that the state of New York and the federal government had also been invited to join the partnership and to attend the conference, but New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has not yet responded to the invitation.
Shumlin also declared that an internal summit, consisting of Commissioners, Secretaries, and department heads within his administration will be held to discuss the state’s response to the extensive flooding that took place earlier this year.
When asked how much money the proposed study will cost, no one at the press conference had the answer.
“With the support of Senator Leahy’s office, we’ll provide whatever is necessary to have this be a very successful conference,” said William Howland, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Project. The funds are expected to come from appropriations secured by Senator Leahy, likely from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.