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Vermont Enviros Unite Around Solar

Vermont Enviros Unite Around Solar

Vermont’s leading environmental organizations joined forces Tuesday to highlight the many environmental and economic benefits solar power provides to Vermonters. The event took place at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury, where participants highlighted Vermont’s recent successes bringing clean and low-cost solar power to many homes and businesses. Vermonters’ enthusiastic embrace of solar energy continues to ...

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Calais residents learn more about pricing carbon pollution

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

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

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 history of denying climate change and ...

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Governor Signs Renewable Energy Standard Into Law

Governor Signs Renewable Energy Standard Into Law

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed H.40 – the Renewable Energy Standard (RES) bill – into law today at signing ceremony in Montpelier. This law brings Vermont in line with 29 other states by requiring that electric utilities get a certain percentage of their energy from clean, renewable sources. The Renewable Energy Standard is projected to save Vermonters nearly ...

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VPIRG Interns Tell Their Global Warming Stories

VPIRG Interns Tell Their Global Warming Stories

We asked VPIRG Interns to tell us how global warming has affected them and explain why they think we must act now to address this problem.These are testimonials from the generation who will be left to deal with the some of the still-unseen consequences of climate change if we fail to do something. Do you have ...

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Update on potential efficiency cuts

Update on potential efficiency cuts

Last week, we reported that the Vermont Senate was considering a proposal by the Administration to raid funds for critical heating efficiency programs to help close the budget gap. VPIRG supporters launched into action, calling their senators and asking them to oppose this idea. We’re happy to report that it looks like this plan has been ...

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Info & Action to Halt Efficiency Cuts

Info & Action to Halt Efficiency Cuts

You may have seen the news that the Vermont Senate is scrambling to plug a hole in the budget – and we’ve learned there are plans to raid funding for heating efficiency to do that. A vote on these cuts is expected on the Senate floor FRIDAY. Please, take one minute to call your senators and tell ...

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Vermont Senate Recognizes Human-Caused Climate Change

Vermont Senate Recognizes Human-Caused Climate Change

The Vermont Senate voted 23 – 5 today to pass S.R. 7 – a resolution recognizing that climate change is real and primarily driven by human activity. By passing the resolution, the Senate also renewed Vermont’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions. The move by the Vermont Senate comes at a time when accepted climate science is under ...

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