Climate Matters: McKibben says transitions unleash creativity

16th in a series Most of the time I’m writing about vested interest as the key obstacle to making the energy transition. And it is — without the endless campaign of delay, denial and disinformation from Big Oil and its friends, we’d have started making big changes long ago. But there’s another force at work alongside Interest, and that’s inertia, defined as the force that has kept you from, say, cleaning the coil on the bottom of your fridge, even though doing so would cut your electric use considerably. BI … (read more)

Starksboro projects net climate funding

A pair of Addison County Regional Planning Commission projects aimed at addressing issues in the Lewis Creek watershed in Starksboro have been selected to receive Vermont Flood Resilient Communities Fund grants totaling more than $113,000.

Gov. Scott vetoes climate change bill

Gov. Phil Scott on Friday vetoed the clean heat standard, which is widely viewed as the largest climate change bill of the session.

Efficiency Vermont offering free energy saving kits

Efficiency Vermont is offering free energy savings kits to qualifying Vermonters to encourage them to take a few simple steps to begin reducing their energy use, their bills, and their carbon footprint.

Climate Matters: Honor and tend our waterways

I’ve been directing Addison County River Watch Collaborative for about 10 years, and I still feel like a beginner. I’m only starting to get to know the six rivers we monitor.

Letter to the editor: Don’t overlook Arbor Day

There is much information about the beginning of Arbor Day, and if interested it is easy to look up on the internet. Arbor Day is observed here in Vermont on the first Friday of May and for this year, the date is May 6.

Climate Matters: Hard lessons in healing the climate

Studying our failures is as important as celebrating our triumphs.

Climate Matters: Our agriculture must be transformed for survival

By now, most people have seen headlines from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: This is our “do-or-die” moment.

Letter to the editor: Mass flooding is not the answer

Years ago, when large-scale hydropower generated by Hydro-Quebec was classified as carbon-free renewable energy by Green Mountain Power, I had these same concerns that this classification was disingenuous.

Climate Matters: The self education of a would-be activist

Climate change used to be a topic I thought of irregularly and in abstract terms.

Climate Matters: Vermont’s disingenuous energy portfolio

As Vermont pursues one of the most ambitious climate action plans in U.S. history, the state continues to mislead its constituents on just how clean Vermont’s electric energy sector really is.

Letter to the editor: Clean heat bill merits support

It is not perfect but should be passed by the Senate pretty much as already approved in the House.

Climate Matters: When climate change gets personal

The threat of climate change was put into sharp focus for my wife, Fran, and me with the arrival of our first two grandchildren in 2007.

Lawmakers wrestle with Clean Heat Standard legislation

Climate and energy activists say a Clean Heat Standard bill in the Vermont Senate doesn’t do enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

What the Clean Heat Standard will address

The Clean Heat Standard bill looks to regulate greenhouse gasses coming from biofuels, wood and electricity.

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