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Carl Etnier hosts the talk radio shows Equal Time Radio on WDEV, Waterbury and Relocalizing Vermont on WGDR, Plainfield and WGDH, Hardwick. He writes a column on Transition Towns in Vermont Commons and blogs at the newspaper’s web site. Carl began regular newspaper writing and reporting with a column in the Sunday Times Argus and Rutland Herald in 2008. His media work started when he left a consulting career to raise awareness about the choices Vermont faces as world oil production reaches its limits. Carl also works as a part of the Transition Town movement and serves on local food and energy-related committees, as well as the East Montpelier Select Board. Carl considers himself a professional generalist, having continually worked both sides of the line between science and technology on one hand and social policy and sustainability on the other. That’s led to a B.Sc. in botany and crop ecology, an M.A. in liberal education, and Ph.D. studies in decision-making process that consider sustainability aspects of wastewater treatment. He’s worked in academia, at non-profits, for municipal government, and in the private sector as a water and wastewater consultant. He is sometimes mistaken for an engineer, but really he has just hung out with engineers a lot. After growing up in Wisconsin, Carl lived in six states and three countries (Japan, Sweden, and Norway) before settling in Vermont starting in 1998. He speaks Swedish and Norwegian, plus broken Spanish. Carl lives in East Montpelier with Céilí the fast-running dog, Mizu the water-loving cat, and five hens a-laying. He’s happy to live in easy bicycling distance of events in Montpelier, from which the 700-foot climb home gives plenty of time to mull over what just happened.
The service of all representatives and senators continues at the pleasure of voters in November, of course, but some have already indicated that they will not be back.
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Some members of the Legislature and its staff heard the final gavel of their Statehouse career on Saturday.
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The committee took testimony until they ran out of witnesses, Klein said, but lost interest in pursuing the bill. They never held a vote on the bill.
There is reason to believe that natural gas may be sequestered in Utica shale deposits thousands of feet below the surface in the northwest part of the state.
Carolyn Partridge, D-Windham, said after Thursday’s hearing that the House Agriculture committee will be discussing the bill Friday morning, and she expects it to pass in some form.
“Under present law, to establish you have a particularized interest, you have to basically win your case before you get party status,” said Sen. Dick McCormack.
“It’s kind of sad if Vermont is going to start turning away from progressive legislation that consumers and voters want because some big corporation threatened to sue us,” said Andrea Stander of Rural Vermont.
” I think we’re at the beginning of something that’s really big, really significant for the rural economy of the state,” said Vermont Center for Rural Development executive director Paul Costello.
Some, like Margaret Laggis, lobbyist for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and Tim Buskey, with the Vermont Farm Bureau, dismissed consumers’ concerns as stemming from ignorance. “Consumers know nothing about agriculture,” Laggis told the committee.
Knowing the legislature was looking for action to take, McKibben told them what to do: “Make as rapid a transition as possible off of fossil fuel and on to something else.