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.

Email: mpolhamus@vtdigger.org

Twitter: @Mike_VTD

    Paris negotiator: Climate change deal will hold up under GOP pressure

    Todd Stern predicted that vehicle emissions standards would be rolled back, utility sector rules would be weakened and regulations on the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, would be eliminated.

    Vermont Supreme Court to hear pipeline eminent domain case

    Hinesburg residents appealed a decision that allowed Vermont Gas Systems to use the power of eminent domain to build a pipeline under a town park. The work is just weeks from completion.

    House passes backup plan on energy efficient appliances

    The bill was spurred by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which features dramatic cuts to an array of government functions including energy-efficiency standards on appliances.

    Lawmakers look to bank on TDI money for Lake Champlain cleanup

    Lawmakers hope to borrow against future proceeds from Transmission Developers, Inc. and put the money toward the $25 million a year needed for lake clean up.

    Lawmakers gear up for $15 an hour minimum wage push

    The Joint Financial Office, the Legislature’s financial research arm, will release a study next month on the effect of a $15 minimum wage on the state’s economy and what’s known as the “benefits cliff.”

    Nearing 50th birthday, Act 250 may get a facelift

    A bill calls for a study to consider changes to the land use law “in light of current science and research and issues that have emerged … such as climate change.”

    Spending plan for $18M in Volkswagen money stalls out

    Legislation calls for spending the money in part to boost electric vehicles, but the bill failed to emerge from committee in time.

    Fight over Montpelier’s water is a matter of principles

    The Legislature is being asked to decide whether any potential risk to the water supply outweighs the values represented by access to state waters.

    Officials give reassurances about validity of immigration bill

    Some questioned whether the bill contradicted a letter from the state attorney general’s office issued as towns prepared to consider limiting local involvement in immigration enforcement.

    Conflict over PSB authority coming to a head this week

    A legislative committee determined that regulators overstepped with a new rule on net metering. Now the PSB will say how it plans to respond, while lawmakers consider an end-run.

    Bills aim to do more to protect animals from cruelty

    Some legislators and advocates are calling for tougher penalties and standards of care in the wake of a horse’s killing, while others say the issue is lax enforcement.

    New noise limit would end turbine development, say advocates

    The Public Service Board’s proposed rules are a significant reduction from the current limits and even from a “discussion draft” released in January.

    Smooth sailing for budgets, ballot items in Montpelier

    Voters agreed to everything asked of them, including bestowing literary recognition. They also re-elected a city councilor.

    Climate caucus seeks reconsideration of pipeline’s permit

    The request comes after officials at the Public Service Department, which endorsed the project, said they act based on legislative direction.