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The World’s First LEED Platinum City

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Wikimedia Commons

By George Harvey

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), was designed to help builders and renovators achieve high standards of human and environmental health in their structures. It is said to be […]

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

Let the Market Decide

By George Harvey

The world has been stood on its head.

The current administration in Washington was put there by a coalition of conservative Republicans and supporters of the “free market.” Among them, some seem to support fossil fuels, regardless of what is sacrificed to achieve this.

The conservatives want America […]

A New Metaphor

Rock Concert fire show (Les Panchyshyn, Wikimedia Commons)

By George Harvey

Freedom of speech?

Imagine being in at a really great indoor rock concert. You got a really good seat, about five rows back from the stage and right in the center of the theater. Exiting out will be a chore, […]

Clarity and Courage Are Needed Now

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

After a cool March, the daffodils and forsythia bloomed relatively late around mid-April. But the maple trees bloomed early and leaf-out started in late-April, as if they were unaware of the cool temperatures in March. A long period of unusually cool, cloudy, wet weather with very slowly moving jet stream […]

More States Aim to Go 100% Renewable

Massachussetts and California to Join Hawaii?

By Chris Gillespie

While the new presidential administration and congressional majority are hard at work in Washington D.C. stripping environmental agencies of their federal funding, some state leaders, bolstered by economic evidence, are already busy introducing legislation to lessen and abolish their states’ use of fossil fuels.

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ACTION ALERT: Your Community in Vermont

Community members from across Vermont will come together on Wednesday June 7th to tell Gov. Phil Scott to stop holding the budget – and Vermont – hostage. The state budget invests in creating more affordable housing, increasing access to child care, maintaining the Vermont state colleges, protecting clean water, and giving more resources to mental […]

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 […]

Rick Perry – Lost in the Past

Rick Perry (Michael Vadon, Wikimedia Commons)

By George Harvey

Rick Perry has directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to do a 60-day study of the United States electric grid. The memo was not publicized or posted, but I got a copy from the DOE. When this article appears online, the memo will […]

This Is Not a Tragedy – It’s the First Act of a Comedy:

Trump, the EPA, and the Clean Power Plan

By George Harvey

Donald Trump has acted to trash the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). For some of us who cherish Mother Earth and our own progeny, this was a truly frightening action. Some have gone so far to call it a “planetary […]