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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.”
Legislation calls for spending the money in part to boost electric vehicles, but the bill failed to emerge from committee in time.
The Legislature is being asked to decide whether any potential risk to the water supply outweighs the values represented by access to state waters.
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.
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.
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.
The Public Service Board’s proposed rules are a significant reduction from the current limits and even from a “discussion draft” released in January.
Voters agreed to everything asked of them, including bestowing literary recognition. They also re-elected a city councilor.
The request comes after officials at the Public Service Department, which endorsed the project, said they act based on legislative direction.