Ferrisburgh boiler

To the Editor: To the citizens of Ferrisburgh: It has come to our attention that the Town of Ferrisburgh is about to spend $2 million to rebuild the Grange Hall. We understand that the building will be powered by the grid and heated with an oil-fired boiler. We write to ask you to pause and examine the assumptions you may hold about future energy prices and supply that caused you to make this choice. You may be missing a unique opportunity to secure a more local and sustainable solution to your needs. The price of a barrel of oil traded at a record high of $92 last week. The legendary oilman, T. Boone Pickens, predicts $100 oil by the end of 2007. More and more petroleum geologists are hinting that global oil production may have peaked in 2006 and that the Age of Cheap Oil is over... The fire that destroyed the Grange hall has given the town of Ferrisburgh a rare opportunity to invest $2 million in a post-carbon future and lead Addison County in a new direction. We call it relocalization. To make our energy future more secure and prosperous, we need to make it more local, renewable, sustainable, and community-centered... The Town of Ferrisburgh might engage a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) architect to evaluate how the New Grange might actually generate its own heat and power from renewable and locally-produced resources and manufacturers and be built from local materials. When we own our energy, we own the future... Your example could inspire other towns in Addison County to organize energy committees to take inventory of local needs and vulnerabilities, resources and opportunities. Nobody will do this for us, not Washington D.C., not Montpelierwe must do it ourselves, together... Jonathan Corcoran,
Bay Hammond,
Jeff Jones,
East Middlebury
Greg Pahl,
Graham Pringle,
Ron Slabaugh,
Netaka White,
ACORN Steering Committee

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