Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus writes about energy and the environment for VTDigger. He formerly covered Teton County and the state of Wyoming for the Jackson Hole News & Guide, in Jackson, Wyoming. He now lives in Waterbury. Polhamus studied at Southwestern Oregon Community College, University of Oxford and Sarah Lawrence College. His research has been commissioned on a variety of topics such as malnutrition and HIV, economic development, and Plato’s Phaedo. Polhamus hails originally from the state of Oregon.

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Twitter: @Mike_VTD

    Science behind chemical regulation is point of contention

    A bill would make it easier to regulate toys and envisions a database where consumers could look up the contents of products. An administration official says Gov. Scott may oppose the bill as written.

    Blittersdorf spends $5M on rail cars, envisioning commuter train

    The energy developer advocates a “Vermont way” of doing rail for less money, using refurbished secondhand equipment.

    Vermont lawmakers weigh in on federal farm bill

    Lawmakers heard concerns from farmers about unpredictable milk prices and from public officials about the possibility of deep cuts to the federal food assistance program, SNAP.

    Randolph site once up for development now to be protected

    Conservationists are raising money to buy the final piece of the parcel at Exit 4, while the owners have agreed to sell most of the land to another group to be run as a farm.

    State’s bird population in decline, according to study

    The most dramatic reductions were seen among species that live off flying insects. A number of factors are believed to contribute, scientists say.

    UVM study: Lake Champlain is saltier

    Salt in the lake can promote the spread of blue-green algae, according to scientists.

    Photo gallery: High school students mob Vermont Statehouse for climate change rally

    “It’s our future that’s really going to be paying” for inaction, said Kassidy Abair, a senior at Harwood Union High School. “It’s important that legislators who can make these changes realize that the youth want something to be done.”

    UPDATED: New pipeline now in use, says Vermont Gas

    “It’s been a big challenge,” said CEO Don Rendall. A legal action by opponents is still pending, and a federal safety agency is investigating the pipeline’s construction.

    Power line developer makes pitch for key energy contract

    Massachusetts has officially gone shopping for 9.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy over 20 years, and the developer of a planned power line under Lake Champlain is offering to provide it. The Bay State earlier this month issued a request for proposals to supply the power. The energy transmission firms responding include Transmission Developers Inc., […]

    Scott pans carbon tax tradeoff as costly for Vermonters

    Lawmakers have proposed reducing or eliminating various current taxes through a levy on carbon dioxide pollution. The idea promptly ran into opposition.

    Pipeline foes press concerns about construction quality

    They are asking the governor to set aside the permit from the Public Service Board. Meanwhile, a federal safety agency is looking into construction practices.

    New carbon tax proposals look to shift burden onto pollution

    The sponsors say the four bills would not increase taxes or generate any additional government revenue. The GOP chair called that “just not true.”

    Gov. Scott puts brakes on climate change contract provision

    The bill was an attempt to put into law an executive order signed by former Gov. Peter Shumlin in July, which gave preference to companies that follow certain environmental protections. Gov. Scott has not had time to consider whether to rescind the executive order, a spokesperson said.

    Gender pay gap hurts Vermont’s economy, advocates say

    If women earned the same average wage as men, total state GDP would go up by $1 billion, according to the Vermont Commission on Women.