Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman December 19th Newsletter


We have just witnessed the warmest December 18th on record with huge amounts of rain and snowmelt causing flooding in Vermont yet again. We saw the devastating effects of climate change this summer when our second “once-in-a-lifetime” flood in the past twelve years destroyed communities, wiped out houses and washed […]

Michigan Senate votes to override local decisions on wind, solar energy

From Bridge Michigan:

Wind turbine farms have caused local controversies throughout Michigan. After a Senate vote Wednesday, permitting power for the projects will likely soon shift from local communities to the state’s Public Service Commission. (Bridge file photo)

The Senate Wednesday approved bills to shift permitting authority over wind, solar developments to the […]


Biden-Harris Administration Hosts First-Ever White House Climate Resilience Summit and Releases National Climate Resilience Framework In conjunction with White House Summit on Building Climate Resilient Communities, Administration announces more than $500 million in additional investment for resilience

Across the country, Americans are experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change. In just the first eight months […]

Biden Administration Opens Applications for New ERA to Boost Clean Energy in Rural Communities

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture opened applications for a new grant program for rural electric cooperatives called “New ERA,” designed to promote clean energy, economic development, and job growth in rural areas. The New ERA program is made possible through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and provides funding for a variety […]

Inflation Reduction Act Marks Biggest Climate Investment in U.S. History

Bob and Suzannah Ciernia

After years of writing letters to the editor, calling and emailing our elected representatives, and lobbying in person, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is proud to take some of the credit as one of many environmental organizations that helped move legislators to include significant spending to address climate change in […]

The impact of policy changes on United States’ energy transition


When Congress passed last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the stage was set for a very different future in terms of how the United States viewed its responsibility to climate change. With historic investment in clean energy transmission, the first ever […]

Why Is It Easier to Build a Dollar General than a Solar Panel in Vermont?

Family Dollar store in Bradford, Vermont. (Staff image)

Peter Sterling

Over the last decade or so while most of us weren’t looking, something very disturbing has happened in Vermont: it has become easier to build commercial strip development like a Dollar General store in a rural town than to build renewable energy.

Between […]

What’s Missing from Our Approach to Solving Climate Change?

Our Politics and Our Assumptions Are Not Helping Us

Bob and Suzannah Ciernia

Six Republican members of Congress addressed a Conservative Climate Conference this past March and told attendees that their voices are an important part of the discussions of climate change. Collectively, the speakers expressed the opinion that climate change is a […]

VT Governor Signs First in the Nation Bill to Help Communities Impacted by Toxic Contamination

The impacts of toxic pollution are real, and somebody always pays the price. Today, the Vermont governor signed a crucial bill (S.113) holding corporate polluters responsible for ongoing harm to Vermonters caused by toxic chemical exposure. The bill also authorizes the State to sue manufacturers of dangerous chemicals that harm Vermont’s natural resources and […]

House Climate Action Needed

To friends concerned about preserving a livable world,

In July, U.S. Senators received over 50,000 messages from Citizens’ Climate Lobby members and friends, all asking them to address climate change by putting a price on carbon. That was a big deal!

Those messages moved the Senate and they are talking about it. There’s no way […]