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.
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.
March, voters in Burlington will vote on a resolution that would oppose the shipment
of tar-sands oil across northeastern sections of the state. Now,
environmental activists want voters to put the issue on Town Meeting Day
ballots in other towns.
When the news broke last week
that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline that would have brought
oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico, many Vermont environmentalists cheered. Among those were author and environmentalist Bill