Fighting the climate crisis, repowering Vermont, and saving Vermonters money with local, green energy solutions.
The climate crisis is here now, and it is affecting the quality of life and pocketbooks of Vermonters. More severe storms, deadly heat waves and growing tick populations are just some of the impacts. Since 2006, Vermont has had statutory goals to cut carbon pollution and do our part to combat this global crisis. Unfortunately, we have missed those goals by miles and our greenhouse gas emissions have risen dramatically.
There is a dire need for Vermont – and the world – to reduce the pollution that is warming our planet and threatening a stable, habitable world for young people and future generations. Unsurprisingly, an overwhelming majority of Vermonters are worried about global warming and support a wide range of actions to cut Vermont’s climate pollution. Strong policies must be put in place now to right this course.
To help meet Vermont’s ambitious climate targets and make our state an even better place to live, VPIRG is working to help shift Vermont away from dirty energy and towards clean alternatives. We all know the costs of dirty energy – global warming, health risks, air and water pollution, and an unstable economic future. On top of all that, Vermonters send over a billion dollars out of state – out of the local economy – every year to pay for fossil fuels. That’s money we could be keeping in our state.
The good news is, we have better options available now. To help create a better Vermont for our kids and grandkids, and save Vermonters money over the long run, VPIRG is working to ensure the continued growth of wind and solar in Vermont, improve and expand our electrification and efficiency programs, and put a price on carbon pollution in a way that boosts the local economy and supports Vermonters with low-incomes. We’re also educating Vermonters about the many options they have available right now to cut their energy bills and carbon pollution, from weatherization to cold climate heat pumps to solar power.
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Recent Climate & Energy News
In a HUGE win for climate action, the Global Warming Solutions Act, H.688, passed through the House of Representatives this afternoon in a 105-37 vote, sending it to the Senate with a strong message of support. (Check out how your rep voted here!) The success of the Solutions Act in the House comes after months of engagement, ...Read More
Faith leaders and activists from all over the state convened at the State House on Thursday, February 20th to urge law makers to prioritize climate action and to support the four major bills of the Climate Solutions Caucus 2020 platform. Notably, these members of the religious community called on legislators to pass the Global Warming ...Read More
Last night, more than 200 Vermonters braved the snowy weather to gather at the sold-out Burlington Premiere of the Climate Action Film Festival, organized by our friends at SunCommon. The Festival features short films from around North America highlighting volunteer conservation work, community solar projects, carbon capture, and nonviolent direct action to block fossil fuels and ...Read More
While the worst spills – Exxon Valdez, BP Deepwater Horizon, the list goes on – rightly get the most attention, the fact is fossil fuel spills happen every day in Vermont and hardly get a mention. There have been more than 18,000 oil spills since Vermont started monitoring them in the 1970s. In 2019, over 250 ...Read More
Today at the Vermont State House, 30 Vermont organizations representing business, youth, poverty alleviation, public health, environment and other diverse interests presented a policy plan for climate action in 2020. You can find the plan at www.actonclimatevt.org/s/2020-Climate-Platform.pdf. The plan proposes a concise and essential platform for Vermont to do its part on climate change, while supporting a ...Read More
On Friday, January 10th, dozens of students representing the Vermont Youth Lobby and the Vermont Youth Climate Congress closed out the first week of the 2020 legislative session — a week already abuzz with calls for bold climate action — by delivering their Young Vermonters United Climate Declaration to our elected leaders. The Climate Declaration was ...Read More
The 2020 legislative session begins this coming Tuesday, and as you can imagine, things are pretty busy in the VPIRG offices. We have big plans for climate action this year, and we want to make sure you’re up to date on our priorities – that’s why we’re hoping you’ll tune in to a webinar we’ll be co-hosting ...Read More
While the worst spills – Exxon Valdez, BP Deepwater Horizon, the list goes on – rightly get the most attention, the fact is fossil fuel spills happen every day in Vermont and hardly get a mention. There have been more than 18,000 oil spills since Vermont started monitoring them in the 1970s. In November alone, more ...Read More