NEWS & UPDATES

Climate Solutions Summit mobilizes hundreds

On November 19th, nearly 200 Vermonters from all across the state gathered at Main Street Landing in Burlington to push for action to address global warming in the upcoming legislative session. The “Climate Solutions Summit,” – which VPIRG co-hosted with our coalition partners at Energy Independent Vermont – included a variety of panels and workshops designed ...

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Highlights from a busy spring

It’s been a crazy few months here at VPIRG, with our advocates have been hard at work in the State House day after day and our team of field organizers doing an incredible job hitting the phones, organizing events, meeting with activists, and having the face-to-face conversations that truly drive our work. Here are just a ...

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Hundreds of Students Rally for Climate Action

On a cool, sunny Thursday at the end of April—over 500 students from across the state marched from the Vermont College green and through town to the Statehouse Lawn as part of the largest youth climate rally in Vermont history. As they marched, the students chanted “no more coal, no more oil, keep the carbon in ...

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2016 Legislative Preview

The 2016 Vermont legislative session is here! VPIRG is excited to build on the nearly 45 years of success that we have achieved together and continue working in the State House to protect our environment, watch out for consumers and put Vermont on a path to a sustainable future. Click on a program name below to jump ...

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Paul Burns & Jon Erickson Debate Climate Solutions with Ethan Allen Institute

VPIRG Executive Director Paul Burns and UVM professor and Gund Institute economist Jon Erickson made the case for pricing carbon pollution in a debate against opponents from the climate-change-denying Ethan Allen Institute Thursday night in Montpelier. Burns and Erickson went back and forth with the Ethan Allen Institute’s Rob Roper and John McClaughry over whether Vermont ...

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VPIRG’s Paul Burns to Debate VT Fuel Dealers Lobbyist on VPR Today!

VPIRG’s Paul Burns will debate Matt Cota, Lobbyist for the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, today at noon on VPR’s Vermont Edition. Time to get the facts straight! Vermonters deserve to hear an honest and open debate about climate change and the opportunities we have to do something about it including putting a tax on carbon pollution. They ...

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VPIRG Challenges VT GOP Chair to Debate Merits of Energy Independence and Climate Solutions

The executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group today challenged the Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party to a debate over the merits of policies leading to energy independence and climate solutions for Vermont. On Wednesday, Chairman David Sunderland issued a press release on behalf of the Republicans in which he mischaracterized a proposal ...

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Al Gore Implores Audience to Support VT Carbon Pollution Tax Campaign

Al Gore delivered his Climate Reality presentation to a capacity crowd at Ira Allen Chapel on the University of Vermont campus Tuesday. The former vice president delivered the most up-to-date version of his renowned slideshow detailing the science behind man-made global warming, the climate crisis we are now facing and the solutions we have at our ...

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