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Are you a passionate defender of the public interest? Do you love Vermont and want to work to make it an even better place to live? Join our team at VPIRG – Vermont’s largest non-profit consumer and environmental protection organization. We have openings for two full-time positions: Clean Energy Advocate: As our Clean Energy Advocate you ...

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Calais residents learn more about pricing carbon pollution


On Thursday a group of activists gathered at the Maple Corner Community Center in Calais to share food and learn more about the Energy Independent Vermont coalition and the campaign to put a price on carbon pollution in the state. The event was organized by the winning Vermontivate team from Calais. Fifteen community members, members of ...

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Neil Young pledges $100,000 to help Vermont Label GMOs


When Neil Young’s Rebel Content Tour came to Vermont they wanted to do more than just rock, they wanted to make sure Vermonters will know if their food is genetically engineered. In a backstage pre-show press conference Young joined Governor Shumlin to promote Vermont’s law and pledge $100,000 to support the law’s defense and implementation. In ...

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New Report Exposes Food Industry Spin Machine


As Americans become more conscious of what’s in the food they are eating and feeding their families, industrial food and chemical producers have been spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a public relations campaign to confuse consumers and drive the media narrative about their products. These are the findings from a new report issued by ...

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Is Ethan Allen Institute Trying To Hide Its Climate Denying History?


Statement by VPIRG Energy Advocate Julia Michel The “Vermont Legislator Roll Call Profiles” published by the Ethan Allen Institute on Tuesday had at least one notable omission: the 25-5 roll call vote on Senate Resolution 7 recognizing climate change science. This omission leads us to ask, “What’s EAI afraid of?” The Ethan Allen Institute has a documented ...

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Universal Recycling Law Takes Effect


Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) goes into effect today. The law was passed unanimously by the Vermont legislature in 2012. VPIRG believes that Act 148 will be a great complement to our state’s most successful recycling law – the Bottle Bill. Act 148 will provide an excellent opportunity to expand recycling rates for items not covered ...

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Court Reaffirms Affordable Care Act as the Law of the Land

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Last week the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in King v. Burwell that further codified the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the law of the land. At stake in this case was if states that chose not to operate their own insurance marketplaces would be able to provide insurance subsidies to low and middle ...

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The 5 Things You Need to Know about the Vermont Gas Technical Hearings


After a slew of cost increases, Vermont regulators are weighing whether to “re-open” the permit process for the fracked gas pipeline Vermont Gas wants to build. After 15 hours of testimony, 12 witnesses and 10 pages of notes, VPIRG’s Energy and Democracy advocate, Julia Michel, offers her impression of the key takeaways. The total cost ...

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