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Schools offer help to Haiti (1/21/10)

Jan. 21, 2010

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Working quickly but carefully, Calliope House student Joe Warren took a red ribbon and curled it into a bow before affixing it with a safety pin. Sitting on a beanbag in the corner of his classroom on Tuesday afternoon, Warren said the ribbon designs that he and his classmates diligently worked on were going toward a good cause.


    Observer photo by Tim Simard
Third and fourth grade students in Calliope House at Allen Brook School hold up ribbons they made to support Haitian earthquake victims. The ribbons sell for $1 and all proceeds will go toward earthquake relief in Haiti. For more pictures click on the link at the top of the page for Web Exclusive Photos.

Beginning this week, Calliope House students and others across Allen Brook School will be selling blue and red ribbons for $1 apiece to raise money for the victims of last week’s earthquake in Haiti. World Language students at Williston Central School will take part in a similar effort next week.

Warren said he hopes as many people as possible buy the ribbons. The more the students sell, the more money goes to help those affected by last week’s earthquake.

“We’re trying to make as many ribbons as we can and get people to buy as many as we can,” Warren said.

By the end of the school day Tuesday, Calliope House students had completed more than 500 ribbons and planned to make more throughout the week. Teacher Kathy Dodge said the money will go to organizations that send money directly to Haiti, such as the Red Cross.

“Once you let kids know there’s a need, they take off with great ideas,” Dodge said.

On Jan. 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, located on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. The natural disaster leveled the French-speaking country’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Government officials in Haiti estimated the death toll at 200,000.

Allen Brook has a special connection to Haiti. In 2006, a group of farmers from Haiti and the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic stopped by the school to learn better ways to teach students about sustainability. Specifically, the contingent from Hispaniola Island looked at Allen Brook’s outdoor garden — the Garden of Life — and how it teaches students about farming practices.

During the visit, organizers set up a sister school program between Allen Brook and Ecole Baptiste de Juchereau in northeast Haiti. Former kindergarten teacher Diane DiGennaro helped start the program, and she said students have sent seeds and farming tools, along with letters to Haitian students, in the past few years.

Allen Brook’s sister school escaped much of the earthquake’s destruction since it’s located far from the epicenter. But DiGennaro and Dodge said it is expected many refugees will find their way to the school to escape the desperate conditions in the capital.

“Just about everyone there knows someone or has a relative that works or lives in Port-au-Prince,” Dodge said. “This earthquake has affected everyone.”

While Allen Brook raises money with the ribbons, Williston Central will do something similar on Tuesday, according to World Language teacher Ginny Memoe. Students in the school’s World Language program will make ribbons on Jan. 26 and sell them that day to students and teachers for $1. Students across the school will also be encouraged to wear clothing consistent with Haiti’s national colors of blue and red.

Memoe said the money raised at Williston Central will go to Save the Children, an international nonprofit organization that is helping children affected by the earthquake.

While many upper house World Language students are familiar with Haiti through class work, lower house students at Allen Brook are learning firsthand about the country through the news. Dodge said many students have asked about the country and are sharing their views on seeing the destruction on television.

Calliope House student Rachel Leete said the images on television have been “scary.”

“A couple nights ago, I was watching it on TV and I said, ‘I can’t watch it anymore,’” Leete said while drawing a poster advertising the ribbons for sale.

But while she feels saddened watching the aftermath of the earthquake on television, she knows the money she raises from the ribbons will make a difference.

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Sports Notes (1/14/10)

Nordic skiers heading to E. Montpelier on Saturday

The Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski team will eye another weekend of success Saturday when it puts skiers to snow at the U-32 course in East Montpelier. The start is slated for 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, after press deadline, the Redhawks were in competition at Colchester High School.

Last Saturday, the CVU snow steppers showed the value of finishing in packs as the girls and boys teams took victories at Sleepy Hollow in an event that attracted seven schools.

Kylie deGroot gave the CVU girls an individual top finish in their division, beating out Aleksandra Zakzrewska of South Burlington by 14 seconds with a time of 21 minutes, 57 seconds.

Redhawks then bunched up for five of the next six places, led by Annie Jackson (3), Sierra Frisbie (4), Abby Stoner (5), Sienna Searles (7) and Johanna Fehrs (8).

The girls team easily won the team title with just 13 points to 75 for runner-up South Burlington.

The boys nipped Burlington for the team victory, 29-33. It was a pack of three finishers that boosted the boys as Andrew Childs, Sam Epstein and Jake Marston finished fifth through seventh.


Home match vs. Burlington for boys hockey squad

The only team to shut them out this season, Burlington High, awaits the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday at Cairns Arena.

CVU took a 7-3 mark into Wednesday night’s CSB Cup contest against South Burlington High, also at Cairns.

The Redhawks had some additional incentive going into the Wednesday test, coming off a 3-2 loss Saturday to Colchester High at Leddy Park in Burlington. The loss snapped a six-game win string.

The Lakers’ Jon Sawtelle’s second score of the game came 2 minutes, 24 seconds into overtime, hiking Colchester’s record to 5-6-1.

Robbie Dobrowski and Nate LaCroix scored for the Hawks. It was Dobrowski’s 15th lamp lighter of the campaign. Kyle Logan and Mayson Kropf garnered assists and goalie Jason O’Brien had 21 stops to 31 for the Lakers’ Chris Furlani.

Last Wednesday, Dobrowski scored twice, including the game winner with 16 seconds left to give CVU a 3-2 triumph over visiting Burr and Burton of Manchester. Derek Goodwin also scored while Logan (Mr. Helper with at least eight assists) had two set-ups for mates. LaCroix, Quinn Kropf and J.P. Benoit also had assists.

CVU outshot the Bulldogs 35-26. Mark Albertson had 24 saves.


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January break for varsity wrestlers (1/14/10)

A week-and-a half break awaited the Champlain Valley Union High varsity wrestling team after its Wednesday evening home matches against Milton High and Middlebury Union High.

The jayvee wrestlers, who came in second at a J.V. tournament in Middlebury last weekend, will travel to St. Johnsbury for a tournament this Saturday.

Three varsity wrestlers took part in the annual Otter Valley Union Invitational Tournament last weekend. Sophomore Sam Fortin grappled his way to the championship round in the 171-pound class before finally settling for second place. Fortin is 13-2 for the campaign.

Junior Ryan Stearns took third among the 135-pounders and sophomore Tucker Austin scored a preliminary win.


— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent


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CVU gymnasts rack up another victory (1/14/10)

With but three more meets before the Feb. 13 annual state competition at Essex High, the Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team sailed past St. Johnsbury Academy and Middlebury Union on Tuesday night in a home session at Green Mountain Gymnastics in Williston.

CVU scored 135.25 points to 128.45 for the runner-up Hilltoppers from St. Johnsbury and 106.95 for Middlebury.

The Redhawks' Ashley Bachand won the all-around, scoring victories on the vault and bars plus in floor exercise. She took a third on the balance beam.

Amanda Holman took second in floor exercise, third on the bars and tied for third with teammate Madison Boudeau on the vault.


— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

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Bumpy outings for girls hockey (1/14/10)

Jan. 14, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After racking up seven straight victories to open the season, the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team has hit a rough patch in which it has won just once and tied once in the past four games.

The Redhawks nevertheless took a very respectable 8-2-1 mark into Wednesday night’s home contest with a tough Hartford High squad, a team they handled 5-2 earlier in the season in White River Junction. The game was scheduled for after press deadline.

CVU will then meet 2-8-1 Colchester High at 8:20 p.m. Saturday at Leddy Arena in Burlington before taking nearly a week off.

The latest outing was a 4-0 defeat Saturday at the Cairns Arena home ice, inflicted by a solid Spaulding High of Barre aggregation that lifted its season record to 9-1.

The Crimson Tide was able to pop four pucks into the net while the Redhawks were held off the scoreboard by Spaulding’s goalie, Gabbie Willey. The freshman blocked some 22 shots in notching the first shutout of the season over the usually potent Hawks offense.

Willey had seven saves in the first period when the Redhawks dominated territorial play, taking advantage of three Tide penalties. CVU’s Molly Howard and Sophia Steinhoff had sharp opportunities turned aside by Willey.

Spaulding’s Nicolette Gosselin got the game’s first score with 9:50 left in the second period, scoring from out of a crowd in front of CVU net minder Nicole Sisk (18 saves).

The Tide made it 2-0 just 16 seconds later. Lanky defenseman Hayley Arnold took the faceoff and skated deep into CVU territory before unleashing a hard, point blank shot into the cage.

The Redhawks got sustained offense early in the final reel, but Willey was sharp, cutting down angles and stopping multiple scoring tries by KK Logan, Howard, Steinhoff and Amanda Armell.

After surviving the CVU blitz, Spaulding add two more goals in the final eight minutes of the game.

“That is a good team,” CVU coach Tom Ryan said of Spaulding. “We played pretty well tonight but could not put the puck into the net.”

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks came back from St. Albans with a 4-all tie against Bellows Free Academy, thanks to Armell’s third period goal at 6:45 that forged the deadlock.

It was Armell’s second score of the game. Steinhoff (17th) and Howard (21st) also tallied for the Redhawks, who were outshot 32-19 by 6-2-3 BFA.

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CVU girls heat up hoop nets vs. Essex (1/14/10)

Jan. 14, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Visitors to Bremner Gymnasium at Champlain Valley Union High on Thursday night may see smoke still rising from the flashing sneakers and hot shooting the Redhawk girls exhibited in putting away Essex High 75-52 on Monday.

Coach Stan Williams’ 9-2 aggregation will close out the home stand at 7 p.m. Thursday against 5-6 Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans, meeting the Comets for the first time this season.

In racing past a youthful Essex squad, the Redhawks cast aside any doubts in the wake of a tough 42-39 loss Friday night at St. Johnsbury. CVU responded with its highest scoring outburst of the season, aided by an overwhelming 47-21 advantage on the boards.

Frontcourt stalwarts Allison Gannon (25 points, 17 rebounds), Shae Hulbert (10 points, 15 rebounds) and Kendal Kohlasch (13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) provided power inside and cool heads against Essex defensive pressure. Their poise led to fast break layups, with quick guard Amanda Kinneston scoring 12 points, eight in the first period.

A steady presence for CVU was guard Carlee Evans, who scored nine points by going seven of eight from the free throw line and also contributed seven big assists.

The Hornets (5-6) stayed close through the first half on the scoring of freshman Kari Lavalette (10 points) and junior Jamie Panton (9 points). The Essex press forced CVU to cough up 16 turnovers but the Redhawks nevertheless were able to open a 35-28 halftime edge with a six-point run just before the buzzer.

Whatever Williams told his team during intermission — “Go get ‘em” may have been enough — the Hawks went on a stampede both on the floor and the boards in the third period; a 29-point blaze took away any stings the Hornets may have had remaining.

Gannon nailed five of six shots for 11 points and with Hulbert (6 points) completely controlled the boards. Kohlasch added six points and Evans four tallies and four assists.

With only four turnovers, CVU easily ran through the Essex pressure to find happy hunting at the offensive end.

Williams said the team played well Friday at St. Johnsbury and nearly pulled the game out of the loss column.

Down by seven points with 45 seconds left, Kohlash nailed a trey and Evans two charity shots to pull the Hawks to within two points. A final shot at the buzzer failed to fall.

Gannon led CVU scorers with 19 points.


Essex-CVU, Score

Essex                                    14                  14                  11                  13   –   52

CVU                                    14                  21                  29                  11   –   75


Essex High (52)

Lavalette 4-8 1-2 10, Visker 1-5 2-2 4, Greene 2-4 0-0 4, Wells 2-3 0-1 4, J. Panton 4-12 1-2 10, B. Panton 0-5 1-2 1, Miles 2-8 0-0 6, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor 0-2 0-0 0, Barry 5-6 1-2 13, Denison 0-5 0-0 0, Hetling 0-0-0 0. Totals 20-59 6-11 52.


CVU (75)

Kohlasch 5-12 3-6 13, Hulbert 4-12 2-2 10, Gannon 10-12 4-4 25, Evans 1-3 7-8 9, Kinneston 6-12 0-1 12, Bayer-Pacht 0-4 0-3 0, Giles 0-2 0-0 0, Riordan 1-2 0-0 2, Donnelly 1-2 0-0 2, Schenk 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-63 16-24 75.


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Redhawks triumph over S. Burlington (1/14/10)

Jan. 14, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With Tuesday night’s much needed 67-61 triumph at South Burlington High in the rearview mirror, the 8-3 Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team was looking ahead to Friday night’s 7 p.m. home contest against defending Division 1 champion Rice Memorial High.


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Mike Clayton of Champlain Valley Union High gets a little hang time while adding two points in second half action against South Burlington on Tuesday. In CVU’s 67-61 win, Clayton roared off the bench to score 14 points, take down five rebounds, assist on two hoops and provide two steals.

The youthful Green Knights will roll into Hinesburg with a 2-8 record. But the Knights put a 54-33 licking on St. Johnsbury Academy on Monday night in the Northeast Kingdom, a team the Redhawks bopped 62-30 last week at Bremner Gym.

That was CVU’s lone victory in the last four games coming into the clash with then 7-2 South Burlington High.

On Saturday, the Hawks got nailed 65-49 at home by a hot running and shooting Essex High unit.

Tuesday night, CVU coach Scott Bliss got help from many players as the Redhawks put together double digit leads, watched the Rebels fight back and then rapped for order with big plays in key moments.

Primary chef of the big soufflé called victory was junior Jake Donnelly, who turned up the heat when the times called for it.

In the third period, a first half 12-point lead and the game’s outcome appeared in serious jeopardy for CVU. The Rebels, led by reserve Hayden Chichester (7 of his 9 points), took the lead 43-42 for the first time in the game with 2:19 left in the quarter.

Donnelly, at the time just two-for-nine from the floor against the Rebs’ special attention, turned the trend back toward the Hawks with a barrage of three straight long treys, including a pressured jumper from just inside the half court line at the buzzer to put CVU up 51-45 entering the final stanza.

Donnelly later was the chief protector of the lead in the lengthy closing minutes, getting the ball early and drawing fouls from the trailing Rebels. The CVU leader nailed seven of 11 charity shots in the final period, including four of six in the final 1:18.

“Jake wants the ball and likes to get to the foul line in those situations,” Bliss said.

Tough inside operator Will Hurd snared four key rebounds in that frantic final period, and also swished three of four from the line in the closing minute.

Another key play came earlier in the fourth quarter after South Burlington had closed to within 53-52 with a seven-point run.

A Donnelly free throw at 3:18 restored a two-point lead. After a defensive stop of the Rebs, CVU worked the ball around the South Burlington zone until Robert Russ got loose on the baseline with a drive and layup over the presence of 6-foot-6 Rebel center Josh Varney. That gave the Hawks a 56-52 edge with 2:18 left. It was only their second and final hoop of the period.

Varney, an intimidating inside operator, had 16 points and 10 rebounds for South Burlington.

“He is a handful,” said Bliss, who also praised the work of 6-foot-5 junior Eoin Karnes (3 points, 4 rebounds), who made his first start with the job of matching up with Varney.



CVU-South Burlington, Score

CVU                                    14                  21                  16                  16   –   67

SBHS                                    10                  17                  18                  16   –   61


CVU (67)

Donnelly 5-14 8-12 21, Hurd 2-9 3-4 7, Karnes 1-3 1-2 3, Russ 2-7 1-2 5, Nigh 2-3 0-0 6, Gale 1-4 0-0 2, Clayton 7-8 0-0 14, Hart 1-1 1-1 3, Beaton 2-2 2-2 6, Rensch 0-0 0-0 0, Leckerling 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 16-23 67.


South Burlington (61)

Barrett 1-1 0-0 2, Chu 1-1 0-0 2, Varney 4-8 8-10 16, Dubuque 2-7 3-6 7, Mallory 3-9 4-8 10, Cassidy 4-5 4-5 12, Corbiere 0-1 0-0 0, Seward 1-4 0-0 3, Chichester 4-6 1-1 9. Totals 20-42 20-30 61.


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Allen Brook could install wind turbine by spring (1/14/10)

Jan. 14, 2010

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

It’s been more than a year in the making, but it looks like Allen Brook School will get a wind turbine this spring.


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A wind turbine, similar to this one located behind Hinesburg Public Library, could soon be installed at Allen Brook School in Williston.

Allen Brook Principal John Terko has worked since 2008 to bring an energy-producing wind turbine to the school. By collecting grant money and working with Williston-based Earth Turbines, Terko’s efforts are nearing fruition.

Located near the southeast corner of the school, where it’s deemed windiest, the wind turbine and its tower will climb between 80 feet and 112 feet, depending on which design is implemented.

The power generated by the turbine will be hooked directly into the electric grid and help reduce energy costs by way of net metering. Under net metering, the school’s power meter will calculate when the turbine generates power, lowering electricity costs. Terko believes the turbine could generate enough electricity for four classrooms during the windiest months.

“I’m really trying to do this to introduce the kids to a greener Earth,” Terko said.

He said Allen Brook science teachers are already thinking of ways to implement the turbine’s energy production into lessons for students in first and second grade.

The turbine features a new design created by Earth Turbines. Made exclusively for residential and small business use, the turbine will be tested by the alternative energy company this winter, said Caleb Elder, the company’s customer support specialist. Elder said Allen Brook provides a great site for the turbine.

“It’s great to know there is such a supportive School Board, and principal, in Williston for this wind turbine,” Elder said.

Terko has already secured much of the funding needed for the $23,000 cost of the turbine. Early in 2009, the district was awarded an $11,500 grant from the Vermont Solar and Small Wind Incentive Program. Recently, the school earned $7,500 from the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. The remaining $4,000 will come from Allen Brook’s grounds budget, Terko said.

Elder said Earth Turbines will soon file a certificate of public good with the Vermont Public Service Board. This will officially inform neighboring residents and the town about the project. Since the turbine is hooked up to the electric grid and provides an alternative source of electricity for the school, Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau said that under state laws the project does not need town permits.

Once the certificate of public good is filed, the public will be able to send letters and e-mails commenting on the project to Earth Turbines and the school district. Elder said the FAA will need to be alerted since the turbine will be located along an airport flight route.

As for the benefits of having a wind turbine at the school, Terko estimates it will generate between 250 and 500 kilowatts of power per month. He said the turbine’s design works best with an average daily wind speed of 10 mph.

“That’s about what I get here almost every day,” Terko said. “It takes advantage of a lower wind speed than some of the older models of its kind.”

Since Earth Turbine’s design is a modification of past turbines the company has built, Allen Brook will be one of the first non-test locations for the company. Earth Turbines warranties the tower and the turbine for five years.

The entire Williston School District is looking to cut electricity and energy costs in Williston Central School and Allen Brook. The new turbine will go a long way in helping reduce those costs, Terko said. He said he would have more details on the project at a February School Board meeting.


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Recipe Corner (1/14/10)

Sticky buns warm the kitchen

Jan. 14, 2010

By Ginger Isham

After the Dog Team Tavern burned down a few years ago, I heard a rumor someone was still making their famous sticky buns and selling them. Before the fire you could buy them in the freezer of a local supermarket and they just were not that good. I think they had a short life.

Every month at our Isham family gathering, everyone looks forward to Aunt Jean’s sticky buns that are just as good — there is never a one left over. I am not sure she uses the same recipe, but here is the Dog Team’s recipe:


Dog Team Sticky Buns

1 cup hot mashed potatoes (plain)

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon salt (I use less)

1/2 cup butter (cut up into 3 or 4 chunks)

1 package yeast

2 eggs (room temperature)

1 1/2 cups warm potato water (add tap water if not enough from potatoes)

7 cups flour (approximate)

Add sugar, salt and butter to hot potatoes. When lukewarm, add yeast, eggs and potato water. Stir in flour a couple cups at a time until you have stiff dough. Turn onto floured shelf and knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Place in oiled bowl and let rise in pre-warmed oven (turn oven on warm for about 3 minutes) or on top of refrigerator. When double in size, punch down and place in fridge and chill. Spray 3 round cake pans with oil and cover bottoms with 1/3 inch of brown sugar. Add enough water to make sugar wet (1 to 2 tablespoons). Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Roll dough out on floured surface until about 1/2 inch thick.

Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Roll up as a jelly roll and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Place side by side in prepared baking pans. Let rise. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Turn out of pans immediately as they come from the oven. Delicious warm and fresh! You could add maple syrup in place of some of the brown sugar.


60-Minute Sticky Buns

A daughter in our family makes wonderful sticky buns but uses a 60-minute roll recipe that makes a smaller batch. You let them rise and then punch down and follow above recipe.


4 to 5 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

pinch of salt

2 packages dry yeast

1 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup butter

Combine 3 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Heat milk and butter until very warm. Add slowly to flour mixture. Add 1 cup more flour. (I keep out enough flour for floured surface for when I knead dough and roll out or shape into bread or rolls). Turn out onto floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a greased bowl and turn over. Let rise 15 minutes in warm place. Punch down, turn out on floured surface and roll to 1/2 inch thick and follow above directions.

These buns are well worth the time. You can make the dough and let it rise overnight in fridge for first step.


Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.


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Right to the Point (1/14/10)

Goodbye Fido, hello sulfur dioxide

Jan. 14, 2010

By Mike Benevento

By now, most observers view last month’s Copenhagen climate summit as a failure because there was more talk than action. Since human nature makes it difficult to sacrifice short-term interests for long-term concerns — especially politically — the conference’s disappointing results were easily predictable.

Many environmentalists and their political and media enablers blame current climate change wholly on humanity. No doubt humans can influence the climate, but the recent global warming trend (if the data is trustworthy) is not manmade.

Starting at its beginning, the earth has repeatedly cooled and warmed without human interference. Australian geologist Ian Plimer remarked, “Climates always change. They always have, and they always will. They are driven by a number of factors that are random and cyclical.”

Plimer is convinced carbon dioxide is not the origin of rising temperatures. Natural events such as the sun’s radiation and volcanic eruptions are causing the changes. “Carbon dioxide levels have been up to 1,000 times higher in the past,” Plimer said. “CO2 cannot be driving global warming now.”

Unfortunately, the environmental community focuses mainly on reducing CO2 emissions to combat global warming. According to these experts, most everyone on the planet has to make lifestyle changes. Whether reducing fossil fuel usage, conserving energy or going green, even small measures warrant consideration. Not surprisingly, pets are now under scrutiny.

New Zealanders Brenda and Robert Vale, sustainable living specialists at the Victoria University of Wellington, calculated the annual carbon footprints of dogs and cats. They determined the effect on greenhouse gasses from raising livestock for meat and using land to generate cereal for pets.

The food a medium-sized dog eats yearly causes a carbon footprint twice that of an SUV. Meanwhile, cats have a footprint slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf. Therefore, the Vales recommend people take environmental impacts of animals into account when choosing a pet.

Without a doubt, current proposals to fight global warming are very expensive (costing trillions of dollars), will take decades to produce results and require almost everyone to modify their behavior by becoming more green. Reducing carbon emissions requires global cooperation and substantial lifestyle changes. Governments have convinced their constituents the only realistic solutions are hard ones.

Authors Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt recently wrote, “A lethal combination of political correctness and entrenched special interests has convinced the chattering classes that the costly, slow and difficult path is the only option, stifling any discussion of cheap, easy and reversible solutions that might be available.” This incorrect focus results in missing potential fixes, such as sulfur dioxide.

Scientists know that volcanic eruptions shoot millions of tons of sulfur dioxide high into the stratosphere. There, it mixes with water vapor and blankets the earth, creating a sort of sun shield. The sulfur dioxide helps cool the planet.

The massive 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines cooled the earth by an average of nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit. Dubner and Levitt noted, “The volcanic eruption temporarily reversed the cumulative global warming of the previous century.” Impressive results indeed — solely caused by nature.

After studying volcanic effects, scientists at Intellectual Ventures Lab propose a “geoengineering” solution to combat global warming. According to the company’s Web site, “geoengineering” uses engineering to influence the earth’s systems. Intellectual Ventures recommends implementing its “Stratoshield,” which imitates volcanoes to help stop global warming — at a fraction of the cost.

Author Mark Whittington writes that the company proposes running a hose up to the stratosphere with balloons and injecting sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to dim the sun’s rays just enough to counteract global warming effects. The estimated cost is a few million dollars. Not the trillions (and lifestyle changes) currently peddled as the best cure.

If global warming is as serious a threat as environmentalists claim, then all potential solutions must be considered. The international community, however, is only pushing for complicated and expensive measures. Simple geoengineering solutions are not even part of the discussion. Why aren’t they?

In the world of global climate change, it is becoming more and more obvious that it is less about preventing warming and more about controlling people — how they live, what they eat, what they drive and so on.

It is about creating international governing bodies with the ability to control energy — resulting in lots of power. By regulating the flow and use of energy, these supranational organizations will control the world’s riches. This allows for a redistribution of wealth.

Thus, the United Nation’s end goal is essentially a massive transfer of wealth from richer to poorer nations disguised as fighting man-made global warming.


Michael Benevento is a former Air Force fighter jet weapon systems officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Military History and a master’s in International Relations. Mike resides in Williston with his wife Kristine and their two sons, Matthew and Calvin.


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