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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 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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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…

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Global Warming Conference – Saturday March 16 – Montpelier, VT
by Sandy Levine

Senator Bernie Sanders is hosting a Global Warming Conference – What does it mean for Vermont?  — on Saturday March 16 from 10am to 4pm at Montpelier High School in Montpelier Vermont. Bill McKibben will be the Keynote Speaker and Senator Sanders will be joined by Vermont and national leaders for workshops and discussions about climate…

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Vermont Yankee — Hanging by a Thread
by Sandy Levine

The past few weeks have not been kind to Vermont Yankee or its owners. Investment analysts continue to raise doubts about Yankee’s economic future. It is costing more to run the plant and its future looks bleak. In Vermont, hearings began last week before the Public Service Board on whether state approval should be granted.…

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Super Bowl Outage and Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Keeping the lights on shouldn’t be this difficult. The response by Entergy to the outage at the Super Bowl is very reminiscent of the responses by Entergy to the many problems at its Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. It boils down to a piece of equipment failed and the power went out. A repeated problem at…