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Gas Pipeline – A Poor Choice
by Sandy Levine

A healthy sign of maturity is making decisions that recognize longer term benefits and impacts. This holds particularly true for our energy decisions. In a field as rapidly transforming as our energy sector, it is important to avoid making long term decisions that burden future generations with higher costs and pollution. The steady march of…

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The Future of Energy Efficiency
by Sandy Levine

Energy efficiency continues to be our cleanest and lowest cost energy resource. But efficiency doesn’t just happen. At five community forums in Vermont over the next two weeks, folks can come for dinner and conversation and help guide Vermont’s efficiency efforts. The forums are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will be from 6…

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Climate Change March 2014
by Sandy Levine

Most of my climate change advocacy has me working behind a desk or in front of a judge or other public official. It was a different experience for me to join over 300,000 people in New York City for the Climate Change March last Sunday. To begin with, over 300,000 people equals half the population…

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You are a Movie Star
by Sandy Levine

Really. You are. Your big break awaits. This is a contest for you. Take out your cell phone. Create a very short video. Inspire viewers to take action to “Button Up” and lower their heating costs and help tackle climate change. The competition runs September 2 to October 19. There is no entry fee. Prizes…

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Fresh Air Ahead: Transition to Clean Energy Supplies
by Sandy Levine

It is welcome news that the New England Governors are stepping away from a high-risk gamble with clean air and electric customers’ money. Shrouded in secrecy, the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) undertook efforts that were poised to tax electric customers – including customers in Vermont – to pay for bringing massive new…

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Problems with Natural Gas Pipelines
by Sandy Levine

Jumping from the frying pan and into the fire is not helpful when it comes to meeting our region’s energy needs. In transitioning away from coal and oil, jumping head first into decades-long commitments to natural gas is proving to be both expensive and dangerous. The exuberance for natural gas is showing some telling tarnish.…

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Drinking Water – Too Precious to Pollute
by Sandy Levine

The tragedy this past weekend that left more than 500,000 Ohio and Michigan residents without safe drinking water shows the real dangers of polluted runoff. Toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie left drinking water with dangerous levels of microcystin. More than 100 people visited area hospitals, with upset stomachs, dizziness, and vomiting after drinking contaminated…

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Stopping State Handouts for Sprawl
by Sandy Levine

Over the past year it has been troubling to see large new development projects planned for areas around Vermont’s highway interchanges. It was not that long ago that Vermont’s then Governor Howard Dean issued an executive order protecting our highway interchanges from sprawl development. Our public dollars created the interstates and we have a responsibility…

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VT Gas Pipeline: Review Ballooning Costs and Halt Construction
by Sandy Levine

CLF is asking Vermont regulators to examine the Vermont Gas pipeline project in light of its soaring costs. Construction should be halted unless and until regulators approve the changed project. Soaring costs require reassessment. Recently Vermont Gas announced that the costs for its new gas pipeline will be 40% higher than they represented to regulators.…

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CLF Appeals Withholding of Public Records on Regional Energy Plans
by Sandy Levine

Conservation Law Foundation filed appeals in Vermont and Massachusetts regarding the withholding of public documents about the development of the New England Governors’ regional energy plans, which include gas pipeline and hydropower projects. CLF requested these documents in March to bring transparency to the process surrounding the Governors’ plans, which to date have been shrouded…