Voices In The Week’s News: April 9, 2010

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Utilities pushed to have large hydro deemed renewable while environmentalists want to study it further, Yankee supporters believed re-licensing is a possiblity and debates raged over the Challenges for Change budget plan and the state’s jobs bill.

These were some of the voices in the news this week:

Utilities Want Renewable Label For Hydro-Quebec (4/5)

(Robert Dostis, Green Mountain Power) "Every state decides what they deem to be deserving of renewable energy credits. There’s no reason to assume that they are going to replace primary RECs from wind and solar, with something like large hydro."

Groups Launch Study Of Hydro-Quebec (4/8)

(Sandra Levine, Conservation Law Foundation) "When you flood an area and the vegetation decomposes, greenhouse gases are emitted. We want to provide an honest evaluation of what is the amount of those emissions."

Yankee Supporters See Improved Chances For Re-licensing (4/8)

(Essex-Orleans Senator Vince Illuzzi) "With the Enexus proposal off the table, with the tritium leak stopped, with the plant having instituted some new leadership I think it’s a question of waiting to see how things evolve over the next several months before we take a second look at it next January."

Battle Brews Over ‘Challenges For Change’ Budget Cuts (4/7)

(Former Human Services Agency Secretary Con Hogan) "These aren’t cuts to the Agency of Human Services. These are cuts to people that past policy of the state of Vermont says must be served. This is a moral abrogation on the part of our political leaders…the shallow "Challenges" part of this budget cutting process is extremely onerous in that it is used primarily as an excuse to blindly cut $38 million from the 2011 budget."

Statehouse Rift Grows Over Jobs Bill (4/8)

(Governor Jim Douglas) "It’s April. This jobs bill was introduced in January. It’s a very simple bill – it should have been on my desk by the end of that month. Vermonters don’t understand – especially when legislators say jobs will be the top priority of this session. And then they wait months and months before passing a jobs bill."

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