VPIRG’s Director Paul Burns on House passage of H.468 – the clean energy bill

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March 22, 2012

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Paul Burns
VPIRG
Phone: 802-793-1985

What this bill boils down to is getting real clean energy projects built in Vermont. We’re grateful to the House of Representatives for moving this legislation forward. It demonstrates that a large majority of House members are serious about taking control of our energy future in a responsible way.

This bill isn’t everything we’d hoped for, but it’s a big step in the right direction and it will help to ensure a positive legacy of clean energy for our children and grandchildren.

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Kelly Stettner
4 years 2 months ago

“Green” energy is a misnomer. What Vermont needs is efficient, reliable energy that comes from a source that is easy to replenish and does not contribute to pollution. Wind and solar are neither efficient (on a large scale) nor reliable yet; biomass is a joke (it’s inefficient and a huge emitter of pollution). Please be clear about your specific recommendations and how they will be implemented. Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift away from centralized to small-scale energy generation.

4 years 2 months ago
Renewable energy in Vermont is not about CO2 emissions reduction; Vermont already has one of the lowest emission rates per capita and per $ of GSP. Vermont’s CO2 emissions are primarily from buildings and transportation. Hence, increased energy efficiency should be done first. RE is about building RE businesses; one Vermont, multi-millionaire, solar oligarch told me: “I am trying to build a business here…..”. VPIRG splitting off a privately-owned solar entity, headed by former VPIRG leaders, will depend on subsidies and write-offs to succeed. Those businesses would not exist without federal and state subsidies. Rules and regulations are changed, such… Read more »
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