From weatherizing homes to expanding Vermont’s network of electric vehicle charging stations to making improvements in the electric grid to helping relocate homes and businesses in harm’s way, there are things we can do now that don’t risk getting out of step with the forthcoming Climate Action Plan.
The regulatory power of the state must be mobilized to entangle and control especially the small-scale local handyman and fixer-upper contractor, which means there will soon be fewer of them.
Despite renewables investment, there is no getting around Vermont’s supplemental need for liquified natural gas tanker deliveries to electric power plants during the winter.
Soil is such a critical resource that we can no longer leave its management unregulated. The Legislature must offer greater protections for this resource and offer incentives for the adoption and maintenance of healthy soil management practices.
Scott and other governors in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will make an initial decision about whether to join a multi-state effort to cut carbon emission.
Net-zero carbon by 2050 is too slow. We need to be net-negative by 2030 or at least 2035.
Where is the voice of the people who consume and rely upon energy? Where is the voice of truckers, loggers, and motorists? Of schools, colleges, hospitals, and stores?
New local-level data could help drive change as Vermont aims to cut 80% of emissions by 2050.
The term posse is quite fitting with its definition of “a force with legal authority.” Make no mistake; the Vermont Climate Council will take full advantage of such authority.
The Attorney General’s Office says it will defend any constitutional challenge to the law, which the Legislature enacted by overriding Gov. Scott’s veto. There are rumblings Scott might file a legal challenge unless the Legislature deals with his concerns early next year.
More than 10 other states have greenhouse gas reduction requirements — not just aspirational targets. This is not a radical concept.
At the first meeting of the 22-member climate commission, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young said that, while the governor wants to curb carbon emissions, the administration believes the Global Warming Solutions Act is unconstitutional.
Now that the state Senate has overridden the governor’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act, I want to know how, exactly, our state leaders are planning to achieve these targets.
If we are going to address the problems of climate change, we would do well to cultivate a renewed appreciation for the importance of small measures and personal responsibility.