Educational Forums a Big Success!

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The Energy Independent Vermont campaign held three back-to-back educational forums this week in East Montpelier, Burlington, and Waitsfield. We were delighted to see over 100 people brave cold nights and icy roads to learn more about the campaign, ask questions about the policy, provide feedback on additional information that would help make our case, and commit ...

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What’s Next For Health Care Reform in Vermont

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Governor Shumlin’s recent decision to shelve plans to move forward with Universal Health Care surprised many in the Health Care Policy world. In light of this, here at VPIRG we are still determined and dedicated to bringing health care reform to Vermonters. Click here to read a recent VTDigger Op-Ed written by VPIRG’s own Falko Schilling unpacking our thoughts and ...

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Microbeads Bill Passes House with 140-0 Vote

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This morning, advocates from Vermont’s environmental protection, business, and scientific community gathered alongside Lawmakers at the State House’s Cedar Creek room, in support of House Bill 4, Vermont’s bill to ban microbeads. Click Here to read the official VPIRG press release. House Fish and Wildlife Chairman Representative David Deen, cosponsor of H.4, commented on the microbeads bill ...

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VPIRG and Allies Call for Strong Federal Toxics Legislation

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Last Year, VPIRG and our allies in the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Vermont worked to pass Vermont’s Toxic Free Families Act. VPIRG will be working in 2015 to make sure that this legislation is implemented as the legislature intended it to, a law that will truly protect our children from dangerous and unnecessary ...

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Heat pumps still pumping at -16

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Overnight lows hit minus 17 degrees in Montpelier and weren’t much warmer come morning. The cold-climate heat pumps we installed upstairs and downstairs in our 1880’s cape were put to the test last night. Guess what – they’re still working! What to do on days like today was one of the biggest questions we had when ...

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VPIRG’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

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With the first week of the 2015 Legislative Session wrapping up, check out VPIRG’s priorities for 2015! (Click the Program Name to jump to that section). Clean Energy Consumer Protection Elections & Government Reform Environmental Protection Health Care Toxics & Environmental Health Clean Energy Putting a Price on Pollution: With storms like Irene giving us a taste of what a future of global warming ...

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Hearings Begin on Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

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Yesterday the first oral arguments were heard in GMA v. Sorrell, the case against Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling law. Earlier this year the Grocery Manufacturers Association filed suit against the State of Vermont for passing Act 120, the nation’s first no-strings-attached GMO labeling law. The arguments focused on the State’s Motion to Dismiss and the ...

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VPIRG, Senators Urge Support for Vermont Popular Vote Amendment

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On the opening day of Vermont’s legislative session, a politically diverse group of lawmakers joined VPIRG in calling for an amendment to the state Constitution so that all future leaders are elected by the people of the state. Currently, Vermont’s Constitution requires legislators to choose the winner in races for governor, lieutenant governor or treasurer where ...

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