The mayor of the university town of Burlington announced his support for a statewide carbon tax. The tax will cut carbon emissions by 37% and “virtually” all the money will go back to the Vermonters who paid it - “virtually” meaning the State of Vermont and the renewable power industry will get a share, too.Read more
The City of Burlington has informed its many departments and offices that the city is in a ‘climate emergency’ and must do everything it can to reach net-zero emissions. The city has already committed to growing more trees – will it also embrace carbon-free nuclear power?Read more
While Vermont legislators are scared about voter backlash to passing a carbon tax per se, they may have an opportunity next year to get a ‘stealth’ carbon tax by giving the nod to the multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative. Gov. Scott says he wants to see how it would affect Vermonters before he turns thumbs up or down.Read more
Will Vermont’s legislature – willing at heart to save Vermont from carbon emissions but sometimes timid in action – resolve to further empower state government to do its part to fight climate change? Or will it effectively ignore the Climate Strike protesters to ban fossil fuels in favor of Vermonters who don’t want to see the state’s economy go down the toilet just to make a statement?
The oil heating industry in the northeastern United States pledged to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, according to a resolution made at a NEFI trade meeting this month in Providence, RI. The Vermont Fuel Dealers were event partners with NEFI.Read more
The entire city of Burlington - government, businesses, residents, drivers - will be net-zero fossil-fuel energy consumption by 2030 if they just stick with the plan as described by Mayor Miro Weinberger. Okay, Burlington, show us how it's done - and how much it will cost.
Right now Vermont's stringent carbon reduction goals are just that - goals. H.462, the Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act introduced last year and being pushed by the Vermont Natural Resources Council, would turn those goals into firm, non-negotiable requirements. Vermont government would be required to prioritize carbon reduction in all of its policies and decision-making. Green Mountain New Deal or Raw Deal?