Air Quality During a Time of Reduced Commuting

In Dave Gram Show by WDEV Radio1 Comment

Elizabeth Hewitt of joins Dave for a review of recent stories. Bennet Leon of the Department of Environmental Conservation talks about air quality in a time of economic lockdown. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.


  1. Dave, Listened to today’s show (5-4) via podcast down here in South Carolina where I have relocated after a seven, 500 foot tall (would have been the tallest in VT) industrial wind turbine project was proposed 2,000 feet from my home in Swanton VT. You may recall the proposed Swanton Wind Project about 3 years ago. Annette touched on this: the renewable energy industry feeling they have cart blanche on saving the world and when people stand in their way they use their large financial reserves and hire lawyers to deal with it. They file SLAPP suits ( Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) to censor, intimidate, and silence critics. This is what is going on around just about any renewable energy project. All in the name of one sides opinion, and money, on how to save the world. That is why this documentary is so important because it allows for a conversation to finally take place without intimidation by the renewable side who have actually been compromised in their quest by corporate money and now do the bidding for large corporations in the name of “Green Energy”.
    The playbook and strategies of the renewable energy business are well described in a paper (rather long but worth the read) By Christopher Booker entitled: Global Warming; A Case Study in Groupthink.
    A point you did not pick up on is that the McNeil Plant is burning whole trees as well as Chips. The scene of an employee trying to shoo the camera away from the back lot at McNeil where there are stacks and stacks of logs. McNeil also burns Natural Gas! It is not only the Co2 produced by burning Bio Fuels it’s the fact that trees sequester Co2 and when they are cut -no more sequestering.
    Renewables such as solar and wind are sporadic and need back-up. Natural gas (fossil fuel) works the best because it can be ramped up quickly to fill the void. Battery storage raises the cost and energy is lost in the storage process. Batteries requires rare earth minerals which are in short supply, expensive and create toxic waste.
    There is no doubt we are impacting the earth, it is just that renewables are not the “holly grail” that they have portrayed themselves to be.
    Dustin Lang