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100% Renewable Energy Worldwide Isn’t Just Possible – It’s Also More Cost-Effective

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

Reposted from EcoWatch media associate AlterNet

Transitioning the world to 100% renewable electricity isn’t just some environmentalist pipe dream—it’s “feasible at every hour throughout the year” and is more cost-effective than the current system, which largely relies on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, a new study claims.

The research, compiled by […]

Put a Price on Pollution:

What Is the ESSEX Plan?

By Michael Shank

Economists love it. Republicans love it. Democrats love it. Big multinational corporations love it. Even activists love it. What could possibly garner that much affection? A pragmatic piece of policy that puts a cost on carbon and a price on pollution. It’s clean and simple. And in […]

The Carbon Taxes We Already Pay

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin, 1789. Portrait painted in 1767 by David Martin (1737-1797)

They have no benefit, but their price is high.

By George Harvey

New Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Plan

States in the RGGI

By George Harvey

The Regional Green Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a market-based program to reduce greenhouse gases in nine states in the Northeast. The states involved are all those in New England, plus New York, Delaware, and Maryland.

The way the RGGI has functioned is to issue […]

US Renewable Energy Grows Another 10% in First Half of 2017

Renewables grow over 10% in first half of 2017 as consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power falls. Solar use up 39.9%; Hydro up 16.1%; Wind up 15.7%; Biofuels up 2.3%; Geothermal up 1.8%. Nuclear power drops 3.3%; Fossil Fuels down 1.2%. Renewables now provide approximately 42% more energy than nuclear.

From The SUN DAY […]

Vermont’s Opportunity to Act on Climate

New Climate Action Commission Creates Potential Venue for Real Progress

By Johanna Miller

In June, the Trump administration abdicated their responsibility to act on climate change when they withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement. That left the U.S. in isolation from every other nation in the world who has committed to […]

Events Focus on Climate Action’s Economic Opportunity

While the new creation of the Vermont Climate Action Commission is an important step, it’s not charting new territory. There has been needed, growing momentum for this type of challenge-to-opportunity response. Here are a few specific opportunities for you to learn more about and get engaged in two of those important efforts, including:

Are We Choosing Doom?

Climate change could be bad, but probably not be this bad. Photo credit www.progressive-charlestown.com

By George Harvey

Dr. Joe J. Romm is one of our most important writers on climate change. The New York Times called him “one of the country’s most influential writers on climate change,” and he has been named […]

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 […]