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Going to Church in the Senate: The Ministry of Responding to Climate Change
by Tricia Jedele

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has made a number of passionate speeches throughout the week regarding climate change impacts and the dire need to address climate change. He is establishing himself as a courageous leader on the single most important issue facing this country – the reality of a changing climate and our moral, economic, and human…

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Public Hearing: Gas Pipeline Expansion
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on the proposed expansion of Vermont Gas facilities. Vermont Gas Systems Expansion Thursday evening, March 21, 2013 7:00 p.m  Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vermont At a time when climate change is upon us we must think carefully about putting in place new…

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Gina McCarthy: Right Choice for EPA, Bridge Builder, Wicked Big Sox Fan
by Seth Kaplan

We are delighted by the news that Gina McCarthy has been nominated as Administrator the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Over the course of the last two decades the staff of Conservation Law Foundation has worked productively with Gina in her various roles in Massachusetts state government, during her tenure as the Commissioner of the…

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Waves of Change: Who’s in Charge Here?
by Sean Cosgrove

Rules work better when we all understand them, but what happens when the rules overlap or conflict with one another? And, who is in charge of implementing all these rules anyhow? When it comes to the rules of the road we all learn the same common rules during the drivers’ education course. But, what happens…

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International Nuclear Lessons
by Sandy Levine

Environmental issues span the globe. When it comes to nuclear power, global action is needed. That’s why it was a privilege for CLF advocates to meet with a number of environmental lawyers from Japan, many of whom are members of the Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation. The tragedy of Fukushima shows the need for the US…

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Energy Efficiency: A Regional Legacy of Transformation
by Sandy Levine

In the past 25 years, our lives have become increasingly “plugged in.” We have an ever-increasing number of devices in our lives, our homes, and our offices that use electricity. What is amazing is that with our foresight and work during this same time period, our region now uses energy efficiently more than ever – reducing…

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Vermont’s Clean Energy Shortfall
by Diana Chace

The end of any legislative session is tumultuous. Vermont’s citizen legislature, that meets part-time only a few months each year, is no different. In this year’s end-of-session tumult, progress on clean energy was left on the cutting room floor. This is a big disappointment. The same legislature that made skiing and snowboarding Vermont’s official winter…

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Earthquakes and Nuclear Plants
by Sandy Levine

The earthquake yesterday had us all wondering about our friends who were closer to it.  After the earthquake, a  colleague from Virginia noted:  “We all abandoned our building, which is probably not what you are supposed to do, but it seemed safer to be on the street than the third floor of a violently shaking building. …