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The Sound of Wind Turbines and the Horror of Genocide

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By George Harvey

In May, as debate was going on before the Vermont Public Service Board on the sound of wind turbines, we got an email from Sarah Wolfe, VPIRG’s Clean Energy Advocate. It began, “Last night, someone compared sound from wind turbines to […]

Tax Reform and Climate Action:

Starting the Conversation

By Dana Drugmand

On yet another record-breaking warm day in April, a group of Vermonters gathered on the lawn in front of Capstone Community Action in Barre, many holding signs that read “Tax Reform and Climate Action.” Representative Johannah Leddy Donovan of Burlington stepped up to the podium and began a statewide […]

What Could We Do with a One-cent per Gallon-of-gasoline Carbon-pollution tax?

By Rick Wackernagel

In Vermont – and elsewhere — we need to accelerate adoption of low-carbon practices and technologies to achieve our climate goals. To increase adoption rates we need to address four main barriers:

high upfront costs of energy efficiency and renewable energy,

limited financial resources, lack of knowledge of low-carbon […]

Uncertainties For Net Metering in VT

Public Service Board Chooses Utilities Over Customers; Stalls Climate Action and Renewable Energy Progress

One of many pro-solar events held by groups in Vermont last year. Photo courtesy of VPIRG.

MONTPELIER, VT – Environmental, climate, and sustainable business groups joined together recently to express grave concern over proposed changes to net metering, the program […]

Leaking Oil Pipelines

Destruction from a gas pipeline and explosion in San Bruno, California, 2010. Photo by Brocken Inaglory. CC BY-SA 3.0.

By George Harvey

Last September, the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the National Environmental Policy Act did not require federal agencies authorizing a portion of an interstate oil pipeline to […]

Transforming Energy Use in New England

Electric-assist tricycle with solar panel on roof. Photo courtesy of Organic Transit.

By Dr. Alan Betts

It has been an unusual spring. After a warm winter, the early daffodils bloomed in late March here in Vermont, but their blooms were killed by a very heavy frost in April. But spinach and lettuce that overwintered […]

Thoughts on the Future of Renewable Power

Pika Energy’s T701 wind turbine on a hillside near Rutland, Vermont

By George Harvey

Most of the states in the Northeast are struggling with net-metering, and especially caps limiting the amounts of power utilities must buy under the plans. Maine has failed on net-metering legislation. New Hampshire raised its cap, but the […]

The Environmental Impact of the Volkswagen Emissions Cheating Scandal

Volkswagen is ponying up $18.2 billion to deal with its emissions cheating scandal, but environmentalists wonder if all the money in the world will be able to save those already negatively affected by the pollution and the wound to consumer confidence. Credit: Roddy Scheer.

EarthTalk® — From the Editors of E – The Environmental […]

Welcome This Early Spring

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

When the Earth becomes vibrant again with life in spring, we welcome the change, and many feel a surge of joy and gratitude. I know that spring is very early this year – the daffodils bloomed in Pittsford in March, the earliest date ever. This is no surprise as winters […]

Climate Reflections on 2015

Melting Earth by Les James Humor.Image: Flickr

By Alan Betts

In winter I like to look back on the year that is past. So far the winter has been much warmer than the last two. We have the very strong El Nino in the equatorial Pacific to thank for this. […]