July 24, 2014
At a time when Vermont can and should take action to cut the pollution we contribute to worsening climate change, the results of a VPIRG-commissioned study should come as no surprise. Even using the most conservative measures possible (we didn’t, for example, take into account all of the methane pollution that leaks out during the fracking process and along the way when fracked gas is being transported), our research suggests that air source heat pumps will save money and pollution–even when compared to gas.…
May 30, 2014
Vermont Law School’s Environment and Natural Resources Law Clinic assembled the following thorough memorandum on the constitutionality of labeling genetically engineered foods.
May 22, 2014
Every three years the Public Service Board reviews Efficiency Vermont’s budget and decides how much they should invest, and how much they should save Vermonters, going forward. That review is underway right now, and what they decide will determine whether or not we’re leaving potential savings on the table.
Saving money and reducing pollution makes sense. The cleanest and cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use thanks to efficiency and conservation, and more and more states are waking up to that.…
April 9, 2014
New Report: Vermont Receives an “A-”
in Transparency of Government Spending
Montpelier – Vermont received a grade of A- today on government spending transparency, according to “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” the fifth annual report of its kind by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.
“Governor Shumlin and his team have made a real commitment to improving public access to information about government spending, and that commitment is reflected in the outstanding grade that Vermont received in this report,” said Paul Burns, Executive Director of VPIRG.…
April 2, 2014
If you liked Citizens United, you’re going to love McCutcheon
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.
As this report outlines, Citizens United the Supreme Court handed a giant megaphone to the wealthiest interests with its Citizens United decision.…
January 29, 2014
Vermont’s most successful renewable energy program, net metering, is responsible for the exponential growth of solar in our state–today, Vermont ranks 9th in the country for solar installed per capita. To give Vermont’s successful solar program room to grow, VPIRG’s pressing lawmakers to update the law by passing H.702.
January 13, 2014
The Public Service Board (PSB) is considering whether to grant Entergy a CPG for the next year. As recent stories in the media have exposed, the PSB has some tough questions about the proposed agreement.
There are no easy answers and no perfect solutions here. The fact is, the state has limited power over Entergy and the ultimate decommissioning of the plant. Much of the regulatory authority rests with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That’s why VPIRG is working every angle we’ve got to make sure Vermont has as big a voice in the decommissioning process as possible.…
November 6, 2013
Hormone disruptors, carcinogens, among toxic chemicals found in tampons, douches, wipes and more
A new report “Chem Fatale” by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) details how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes. This report provides yet another example of unnecessary and toxic chemicals used in products Vermonters use every day.
“First we learned there’s lead in VPR mugs, and now we find out some tampons contain toxins,” stated Lauren Hierl, environmental health advocate at VPIRG.…
VPIRG Opposes Permit Extension for Vermont Yankee: Calls for increased state role in decommissioning process
October 25, 2013
In a brief filed with the Public Service Board, VPIRG called on the Board to grant the people of Vermont – through their Governor or Department of Public Service – a voice in the process of decommissioning the plant.
Entergy has made clear that it intends to close Vermont Yankee by the end of 2014. The company has said that there is currently a shortfall of roughly $275 million in the Decommissioning Trust Fund. Current regulations allow Entergy to delay decommissioning so that it would not be complete for 60 years.…
September 6, 2013
As the state reviews options for reducing waste, one proposal is a clear winner: an expanded Bottle Bill. A recent draft study shows the state could recycle more and reduce greenhouse gases by expanding its Bottle Bill – and according to polling, that’s a very popular idea among Vermonters.
The annual Doyle survey consistently shows support of about 80% of Vermonters for an expanded Bottle Bill, and scientific polling VPIRG conducted a couple years ago echoes that strong support, with 93% supporting the Bottle Bill, and 86% wanting it expanded to additional types of beverages.…