Vermont earned $620,000 in last week’s first-ever auction of "carbon credits”; Congress has doubled home heating assistance, but community action agencies across Vermont say that still won’t cover all the needs; Brattleboro plans to buy biodiesel fuel for its school buses this year.
This week Vermont other northeastern states are auctioning off carbon credits as part of a mandatory cap-and-trade system. Reporter Candace Page talks with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about how the program is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Governor Jim Douglas talks with Bob Kinzel about the key issues facing the state, and takes your phone calls. Also, news analysis with VPR’s Ross Sneyd and we listen back to some of the voices in the news this week.
Vermont absorbs so much carbon that Governor Douglas says we
should sell "carbon credits." He
says Vermont could make money by selling the credits to industries
But some environmental advocates say it’s a vague response to climate change.