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Could an Electric Car Be in Your Future?
by Carolyn Dube

Cars. They cost a lot and pollute a lot. One exciting new opportunity to address both these problems are electric cars. They’ve come a long way. Gone are the days when the Toyota Prius was the only hybrid available to consumers. My interest in this was recently sparked at a gathering I attended of electric…

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Grassroots Tell Governors: Keep Out Tar Sands!
by Jenny Rushlow

New England citizens have been sending a strong message to their governors: block the looming invasion of dirty tar sands-derived fuels from their states, and do it now.  Recently, citizens sent more than 5,000 letters in Massachusetts and more than 1,300 letters in Vermont to Governors Patrick and Shumlin, asking the Governors to block tar…

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Tar Sands Coming Soon, to a Pump Near You?
by Jenny Rushlow

Today the US State Department announced in its final supplemental environmental impact statement that the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would pump 830,000 barrels/day of high-carbon, dirty oil from Canada to the United States, would have a negligible impact on climate change. Seriously? Well, that’s what the document concludes. Though the State Department acknowledges that the…

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Energy: Out with the Dirty, In with the Clean
by Sandy Levine

Come join Conservation Law Foundation and our allies THIS SATURDAY in Burlington, Vermont for a discussion on Vermont’s Energy Choices. Vermont’s Energy Choices: Old Dirty Problems and Clean Energy Solutions Saturday, April 27th, 1:30 PM at the Billings Auditorium at UVM in Burlington The time is NOW to move away from dirty sources of energy…

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Tar Sands in Vermont? No Way!
by Sandy Levine

I joined with residents of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom today and fellow environmental colleagues to protect Vermont from the devastation of tar sands oil. We filed a legal action to ensure Vermonters have a say over any proposal to move tar sands through Vermont. See press release here. The request asks that the increasingly imminent proposal to move tar sands through an…

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The Pursuit of Clean, Renewable Energy: The “North Atlantic” Right Way
by Tricia Jedele

Yesterday, the North Atlantic right whale was only an historical symbol of one consequence associated with the relentless and unsustainable pursuit of energy.  Today, it is also a new symbol of renewable energy done the right way.  The agreement CLF is announcing today reflects support for the pursuit of renewable energy and also demonstrates that…

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A View from Inside (and Outside) the Annual Meeting of the New England Governors
by Seth Kaplan

Last week I found myself on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington Vermont at the 36th Annual meeting of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Normally, this meeting is a low key affair that doesn’t have a big impact on the place where it is being held. That was not the…

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More Tarzan, Less Tar Sands
by Sandy Levine

Moving to a clean energy future means keeping the dirty stuff out. If you are cleaning house in a dust storm, the first thing you do is close the door.  Environmental groups gathered to show the need to close the door in New England on tar sands oil – the dirtiest of dirty oil. We…

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What the Keystone XL decision should mean for Northern Pass
by Christophe Courchesne

Last week, a major disaster for our climate and our nation’s clean energy future was averted – at least for now – when the Obama administration announced that it won’t consider approving the Keystone XL pipeline’s border crossing permit before it reconsiders the Keystone XL pipeline’s environmental impacts and the potential alternatives to the proposal on the…

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How a changing climate has messed with Texas: a cautionary tale.
by Seth Kaplan

National Public Radio offers an excellent in depth piece about how the long running and devastating drought is permanently changing Texas. The climate science is absolutely clear that such droughts are part of the effects of a warming globe (if you are a real wonk take a look at the academic papers on the changing…