Louis Meyers, M.D.

Louis Meyers for State Senate

Policy Statements on the Environment

Lake Champlain and many other Vermont lakes are under ecological assault. It will take time, money, and ingenuity to return them to health. But smaller interventions are making a difference. One such is the Lake Champlain Walleye Association, which over many years has helped re-stock and restore the walleye fish population. This in turn has helped improve the ecosystem of the lake. Our thanks to Bob Sampson, Fred Hopkins, and the late Steve Hopkins for their efforts in this regard.

Our environment, especially our oceans, are drowning in plastic. Vermont is a small state, but we can still make a difference. It can be as small as changing to paper straws instead of plastic. On a broader scale, our stores could begin offering free paper bags while charging 5-cents for plastic bags. Other states have taken this approach. Kenya has banned plastic bags altogether. This won’t solve the problem - but let us begin.

I absolutely support increased community input into renewable siting projects. The threat of climate change is not an immediate crisis - like Hurricane Irene - but one which will be with us for generations to come. As such, we should be taking action which is supported by as many in the community as possible. It is very understandable when communities rebel at being told they will have to allow huge wind turbines on their hillsides or when they see hundreds of acres suddenly blanketed by solar panels.

I drive often on Rte 7 from Williston to Rutland, and it seems like every other week a new agricultural field or beautiful meadow is now covered by the panels. This is one of our most heavily traveled but also most scenic roads - surely there must be other less traveled places in this underpopulated state where renewable energy projects could be placed.

The goal of making energy from renewable and low carbon-producing sources is critical, but let's not completely sacrifice what makes Vermont so special.

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