The Initial Climate Action Plan for the agricultural sector is not written to meet these targets.
With serious climate impacts a virtual certainty, climate adaptation becomes more crucial with every day that passes. Vermont must become a place where Vermonters can prosper — live well — despite climate change.
Gov. Scott indicated that when the clean heat standard policy, costs and impacts are more fully worked out, presumably in 2023, a “revised” proposal might yet win his support.
Public investment toward the innovation of effective and affordable bioplastics would conserve productive ecosystems that provide valuable sources of food, materials, tourism, carbon sequestration and oxygenation.
By waiting for one year, Vermont legislators will have the Vermont Public Utility Commission’s cost-benefit analysis report that will answer many of the unknowns for both sides of the aisle.
There’s no pie-in-the-sky element to this. We’ll be doing what Vermonters have always been good at doing: solving problems practically, collaboratively, and at least cost.
Regardless of the actual details of the Clean Heat Standard (H.715), opponents of climate action and defenders of the fossil-fueled status quo keep making inaccurate and dishonest arguments. I’d like to respond to three of them.
A commitment as important as the Global Warming Solutions Act cannot be placed primarily on the shoulders of private citizens.
Solar panels and buttoning up your house are obvious climate solutions. But how many of us consider the consequences of driving and what we can do about it?
The perception of a well-manicured lawn, free from weeds and pests, has detrimental effects on the future of natural spaces such as Lake Champlain.
Make no mistake, there are risks associated with nuclear power generation. However, it is unwise to dismiss a technology that can add to our nation’s and the world’s ability to scrap dirty fossil fuel energy.
Council members voted 19-4 to approve the plan, which outlines pathways to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions requirements established through the Global Warming Solutions Act. The four “no” votes came from members of the Scott administration.
We see GlobalFoundries’ application for what it is: the opportunity to both support a key employer that is critical to Vermont in helping us meet and exceed greenhouse gas emission reductions and because it is a leader and is willing to move faster than what has been prescribed at the state level.
Through a proposed plan to become a “self-managed utility,” Vermont’s largest private-sector employer could become exempt from Vermont’s Global Warming Solutions Act.