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For over three years, VPIRG has been working in a large coalition of organizations, businesses, and individual Vermonters to push for climate action that benefits our local economy. That coalition, which aims to put a price on carbon pollution in Vermont, is known as Energy Independent Vermont. To learn more about this effort, please visit the Energy Independent Vermont website.


Recent Global Warming News & Updates

Our Thoughts on Gov Scott’s Veto of The Solutions Act

Our Thoughts on Gov Scott's Veto of The Solutions Act

Update: You can find our take on Gov Scott’s veto below. As the House was preparing for its ultimately successful override vote on Thursday, however, the chair and vice chair of House Energy, Reps Tim Briglin (D-Norwich) and Laura Sibilia (I-Dover) spoke eloquently and in detail as to why, in their view, the Governor was ...

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VT Senate Approves Global Warming Solutions Act

VT Senate Approves Global Warming Solutions Act

Today the Vermont Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the Global Warming Solutions Act. After the final reading, the bill heads back to the House for final approval, before being sent to the Governor for his signature. We are grateful to President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Majority Leader Becca Balint, Chairman Senator Bray, members of the Senate ...

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Poll: Vermonters Worried About Global Warming, Want to See Action

Poll: Vermonters Worried About Global Warming, Want to See Action

An overwhelming majority of Vermonters are worried about global warming and support a wide range of actions to cut Vermont’s climate pollution. That’s according to poll commissioned by VPIRG and Vermont Conservation Voters – released on Wednesday. The alarming news (or at least the news about people being alarmed): 76% of Vermonters said they are either very ...

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Students Demand Bold Climate Action at Vermont Youth Climate Congress

Students Demand Bold Climate Action at Vermont Youth Climate Congress

On Sunday afternoon, more than 170 student delegates from 43 schools (as well as several Vermont homeschoolers!) united at the State House in Montpelier for the first-ever Vermont Youth Climate Congress, where they passed the most moving climate declaration Vermont has ever seen. They were joined by a number of Vermont’s elected leaders, including members ...

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Breaking Down the Global Warming Solutions Act

Breaking Down the Global Warming Solutions Act

The Global Warming Solutions Act will cut carbon pollution, help rebuild our economy, build healthy and resilient communities, promote the use of our natural and working lands to capture and store carbon, and adapt to our already-changing climate. How Will it Benefit Vermonters? As we look to rebuild from COVID-19, the Solutions Act will help accelerate our ...

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Vermont Electric Vehicle Update

Vermont Electric Vehicle Update

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular throughout the country and there are some exciting opportunities for Vermonters looking to transition to these cars as well! EVs are important in the fight against the climate crisis, they’re cheaper to own and operate than gas-powered vehicles, and it’s encouraging that more stakeholders are looking to expand ...

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Despite Bold Targets, VT’s Climate Pollution Continues to Rise

Despite Bold Targets, VT's Climate Pollution Continues to Rise

Vermont seems to take climate change seriously. Our legislature set goals to significantly reduce global warming pollution, and we declared “We’re Still In” after Trump abandoned the Paris Climate Accord. And yet Vermont’s climate pollution has increased 16% since 1990. Why? The answer is simple. Goals are nice, but without requiring action they don’t result in much. That’s ...

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