the first time this legislative session, the full Vermont Senate will debate
renewable energy on Tuesday. In Montpelier, though, some lawmakers’ hopes of passing meaningful
climate change legislation that might reduce greenhouse gas emissions have already
collided with the state’s fiscal reality.
Lawmakers reconvene for the
second half of the legislative session on Tuesday. And, despite
budget woes and federal cuts, some of them are hoping to stay focused on a goal
set at the beginning of the session: fighting climate change and promoting
energy efficiency at the same time.
Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben addressed members of the legislature
at the Statehouse Wednesday, urging them to pass legislation during this biennium
that might combat climate change in Vermont – and elsewhere.
persistent drought struck large
swaths of the country this summer, and Vermont towns also report concerns about the lack of rain.
climatologist says aquifer levels continue to
drop because there was so little rainfall.
Movement began in 2006, and is about finding ways to make
communities stronger and more resilient, so that they might better weather
challenges connected to climate change, peak oil and economic instability.
Senator Bernie Sanders has been trying to get attention on
the problem on poverty. Senator Sanders is speaking out about about
rising poverty rates, and also Irene recovery funds. And Lynn Scarlett, an energy policy expert, argues that
market-based incentives, rather than government subsidies, are the best approach to climate change.