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Getting Around in a Cleaner World
by Sandy Levine

Windmills and solar panels are helping us move toward cleaner electricity. But what about transportation? In Vermont, transportation accounts for the lion’s share of our greenhouse gas emissions. We are a rural state, sure, but that doesn’t mean we get to drive around and pollute more than our neighbors in other states. Beginning this week the Vermont…

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Sowing Seeds in the City
by Ari Rockland-Miller

Vermont is known for its thriving bucolic landscapes, but even in downtown Burlington many people have dirt beneath their fingernails. The Conservation Law Foundation has long supported agriculture in Vermont by helping farmers understand the legal landscape and find funding to grow their operations. More recently, CLF has been playing a significant role in urban…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline: A Bridge to Nowhere?
by Sandy Levine

It is important to build bridges, but we need to make sure they get us where we need to go. The proposed expansion of the Vermont Gas pipeline may be more a minefield than a bridge, as one recent Vermont weekly  and one recent national energy blog reported. The project will cut through valuable wetlands…

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Vermont Supreme Court Reviews Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Can the Vermont Public Service Board determine the meaning of its own orders? The answer would seem to be “Of Course!” But that is the question that Vermont Yankee’s owners are putting before the Vermont Supreme Court. In two orders the Vermont Public Service Board issued a strong rebuke to Entergy. The Board refused to…

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Cow Power, the Vermont brand electricity
by Sandy Levine

This article first appeared in the Sunday May 5 edition of the Rutland Herald /Times Argus. For over a decade, Vermont’s hardworking cows and farmers have been keeping our lights on, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and helping local businesses grow. The renewable energy produced by cow manure in Vermont now powers 2,990 homes and businesses,…

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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 SolutionsSaturday, 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 such…

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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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Tar Sands Oil Seen As Bad News All Around
by Sandy Levine

Vermont has a key role to play in keeping tar sands oil where it belongs — in the ground. The increasingly imminent proposal to move tar sands oil from Canada through an existing pipeline in the Northeast Kingdom brings this issue very close to home. At town meetings across the state earlier this month, 29…