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Explaining a Carbon Pollution Tax
by Sandy Levine

Vermonters are taking a close look at how to put a price on carbon pollution. Economists and policy makers of all stripes agree that pricing carbon is one of the most effective ways to cut emissions. President Obama called it an “elegant solution.”  Legislation drafted in Vermont would tax all fossil fuels, cut other taxes,…

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Weather Woes, Climate Innovation
by Sandy Levine

The region’s rollercoaster weather, with the warmest winter in recorded history, followed by frigid temperatures now, calls out for taking bold action to tackle climate change. Never-ending muddy roads and expanding potholes wreak havoc on our cars. More rain than snow makes for terrible skiing. The icy pavement and sidewalks have sent more than one…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline: A Closer Look at Ballooning Costs
by Sandy Levine

When costs double, taking a closer look at a project makes sense. That will happen in Vermont with the Vermont Gas Pipeline. Vermont regulators recently denied a request by Vermont Gas to sweep under the rug a closer look at the pipeline’s exorbitant cost increases. You can read the Board’s Order here. Vermont rules require…

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Local Action, Global Impact
by Sandy Levine

Taking action to tackle climate change comes naturally to New Englanders. We spend a lot of time outdoors and we see first-hand that our climate is changing. Many of us burn wood to heat our homes. We’ve been doing this for generations. It just makes sense. Wood is a local fuel that is available and…

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Climate Talks, Climate Action
by Sandy Levine

The COP21 talks in Paris put climate change front and center. They confirmed that climate change is both the biggest challenge and the biggest opportunity of our generation. Coastal cities in the United States lie at risk from storm surges and sea rise. But they have it easy. Full nations in the Pacific will end…

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Testing Our Mettle
by Sandy Levine

When rampant development overran Vermont’s hillsides in the form of shoddy ski chalets, our state’s casual regulations proved ill-equipped to stop the flow of sewage, pollution and bad decisions. In 1969, the prospect of 1400 new vacation homes on Stratton Mountain sent a wake-up call. Our collective response was to pass Act 250. This law…

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Local Livestock in Burlington, Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Burlington Vermont residents now have even more local food options. Burlington City Council passed two new livestock ordinances. The ordinances regulate the humane treatment and slaughter of chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep within the city limits.