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The plot thickens, curdles into hypocritical stew and gets even weirder
by Seth Kaplan

I have updated my previous post about the fossil fuel billionaire Koch brothers to note that the two brothers who are major funders of the anti-progress and prosperity “Americans for Prosperity” are, as reported by the Albany Times-Union,  participating in the RGGI carbon allowance auction through their commodity trading business. While they are certainly free…

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A Polar Bear Embraces the Electric Car
by Shanna Cleveland

I’m one of those people who believes that climate change is the biggest challenge facing the planet, but I was baffled about how to react when I saw the Polar Bear ad for the Nissan Leaf®.  At first I thought it must be an ad by one of the national environmental groups, and I was…

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Wendell Berry’s Wisdom
by Anthony Iarrapino

The following are excerpts from Wendell Berry’s essay “Thoughts in the Presence of Fear,” published in 2001 in reaction to the tragedy of 9/11 and its aftermath.  Nine years later, his “thoughts” still ring true. XXIV.  Starting with the economies of food and farming, we should promote at home and encourage abroad the ideal of…

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Connecting the dots of denial
by Seth Kaplan

(Updated 9/15/2010) In a recent issue of the New Yorker staff writer Jane Meyer leads us all on a guided tour of the machinery, machinations and massive expenditures that the billionaire Koch brothers have poured into organizations like the Orwellian named “Americans for Prosperity” that, among other things, are dedicated to stopping progress in the…

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Stop the Madness
by Sandy Levine

When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.  Unfortunately, Vermont’s transportation agency keeps digging.  Vermont continues to push forward the unnecessary Circ Highway project — a new multi-million dollar ring road around Burlington, Vermont.   A federal court decision halted this project in 2004.  The mismanagement continues.  As a result, Vermonters suffer more…

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Cape Wind’s movin’ on up! CLF applauds MA court’s decision to uphold permit
by Conservation Law Foundation

Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided to uphold the comprehensive permit for Cape Wind’s transmission lines issued by the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB)–a welcome and much-anticipated milestone for the nation’s first major offshore wind energy project. CLF has been actively involved in moving the ball forward on Cape Wind throughout its nine-year…

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Keeping Lake Champlain Healthy, One Drawing at a Time
by Alexa McCallum

As the new school year approaches, students across New England reflect upon a summer’s worth of fun, events, and relaxation.  For many kids who live in or visit Vermont, Lake Champlain is central to summertime pleasure.  There are many ways to enjoy Champlain, thus plenty of reasons to keep it clean.  This was the idea…

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This blog helps you save energy and the environment
by Seth Kaplan

The ace web/online/blog/communications folks at CLF have installed the WordPress plug-in version of Online Leaf on this blog so if you are reading it and don’t do anything for a minute your screen will go black, reducing the electricity consumption of your computer. Not a big deal but an important reminder of all the many…

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Let’s stop VT Yankee’s ‘unusual events’
by Sandy Levine

News of an “unusual event” at a nuclear power facility is not comforting.  It is particularly troubling when no details are given, and the source is the same entity that has provided false and incomplete information in the past. What is clear is that there are continuing problems at the Vermont Yankee nuclear facility. CLF has…

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Do You Have 10 Seconds For Vermont?
by Conservation Law Foundation

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the Circ, a proposed frivolous $60 million dollar highway project that threatens to rip through some of our state’s most pristine farmlands and wetlands. It’s unnecessary and destructive—and there are cheaper and cleaner alternatives. What you may not have heard is that fewer than 20…