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Gas Pipelines — Misinformation and High Costs
by Sandy Levine

The high cost and pollution from new gas pipelines are no secret. They deliver a clear reminder that investing in new fossil fuels is a bad bet for our energy future – bad for the environment and bad for our pocketbooks. When costs ballooned for Vermont Gas Systems’ proposed new pipeline, the company failed to…

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Public Hearing: TDI Transmission Project – Vermont
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on a very large scale electric transmission project proposed in Vermont. TDI Transmission Project Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015 7:00 pm Fair Haven Union High School, (Band Room) 33 Mechanic Street, Fair Haven, Vermont The project proposed by TDI is planned to go underneath…

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Growing Clean Energy
by Sandy Levine

The recent massive snow storms provide a stark reminder of why we need more clean energy. The more fossil fuels we burn, the more global warming we face.  Fiercer and more frequent storms continue to march across New England wreaking havoc with the daily lives and pocketbooks of so many. Thankfully there are many efforts…

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Contamination at Vermont Yankee (Again)
by Sandy Levine

Recent news reports that dangerous Strontium-90 was found in wells on the Vermont Yankee site are troubling. It sure is a good thing the plant shut down in December. Now the contamination can hopefully be contained and it should be cleaned up. Unfortunately, Vermont Yankee’s owners continue to see no problems. Back in 2010 Strontium-90…

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Halted: VT Gas Pipeline
by Sandy Levine

Welcome news from Vermont Gas Systems that it will not proceed with Phase 2 of its expensive and polluting natural gas pipeline. Over recent months, project costs have skyrocketed and pollution impacts increased. New gas pipelines lock us into continued fossil fuel use for decades into the future are a bad bet for our climate…

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A Price on Carbon Pollution
by Sandy Levine

The recent storms and pervasive power outages provide a stark reminder of the challenges we face with global warming. The images of Governor Shumlin inspecting by helicopter the broad areas without power were reminiscent of Tropical Storm Irene, one of the most devastating climate disasters to hit Vermont. Utilities and road crews across the state…

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End of Nuclear in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

The end of a nuclear power era arrived in Vermont on December 29, 2014. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant in southern Vermont stopped producing power. This is indeed the end of an era. And the beginning of a new one. The shuttering of Vermont Yankee marks a significant passage – for CLF, for Vermont,…

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Reset on Vermont Natural Gas Expansion
by Sandy Levine

It’s good news that Vermont Gas Systems announced they will hit the reset button on the planned new natural gas pipeline in Western Vermont. Global warming demands far greater scrutiny of new fossil fuel expansions. The project costs keep ballooning. In July, cost estimates increased more than 40%. At that time CLF called for a…

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Taking a Bite out of Global Warming Pollution
by Sandy Levine

Tackling global warming pollution is the biggest environmental challenge of our generation. That’s why CLF is partnering with environmental, business, and low-income leaders in Vermont to launch an effort to tax carbon pollution and save Vermonters money. If polluters pay, Vermonters save. Click here to join our campaign and sign a petition to Vermont’s legislators.…

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Keeping Out Citizens
by Sandy Levine

Regulatory decisions, like democracies, and even social events, generally benefit from broad participation. It is rare that the input from a wide range of interests doesn’t improve the outcome. In regulatory matters, allowing broad participation is particularly helpful when the folks who usually participate have already reached an agreement. The only opportunity to hear another…