Vermont’s number-one source of global warming pollution are emissions from vehicle tailpipes, and residents appear to be moving slowly to do much about it.
A new University of Vermont study finds that Vermonters bought more large vehicles than small vehicles last year. Thirty-one percent were classified as large vehicles, 28 percent as small vehicles and 41 percent were medium-sized.
Of the 36-thousand new vehicles sold in Vermont last year, just one percent were hybrids — the most efficient vehicles on the market.
There are a couple of signs of green thinking on the rise though. Bus ridership is up, and the state’s rapid growth in vehicle miles traveled has leveled off.