Reported Fossil Fuel Spills in Vermont in 2019

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 ...

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Introducing VPIRG Votes

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of a major new initiative. This month we are forming VPIRG Votes – a political campaign arm for our organization. Later this year, for the first time ever, we plan to support public interest champions running for the Vermont State House, Senate and statewide office. This is a major new ...

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30 Vermont Groups Present a 2020 Plan for Climate Action

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 ...

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Vermont Youth: “Protect Our Future. Act on Climate.”

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 ...

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VPIRG 2020 Legislative Preview

The 2020 Vermont legislative session kicked off today and we’re excited. The challenges we face as a state are greater than ever: An unprecedented climate crisis that demands immediate action. Corporations that put their bottom-line ahead of consumers’ safety and well-being. Toxins in food packaging and a plastic pollution problem that’s out of control… When it ...

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Webinar: Climate Change in the 2020 Vermont Legislature

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 ...

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Reported Fossil Fuel Spills in Vermont: November 2019

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 ...

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The TCI MOU is out. Here’s what that means…

On Tuesday, December 17th, Vermont joined other New England and mid-Atlantic states, along with Washington, DC, in issuing a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). Modeled on the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that Vermont joined under the Douglas Administration, the draft MOU outlines a proposed framework for TCI that ...

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