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Energy Independent Vermont: Leaders testified in the Senate on Carbon Pricing

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, EIV leaders testified in the Senate Committee on Appropriations in favor of funding a carbon pricing study– and they knocked it out of the park.

See for yourself here.

Many of you have already contacted your Senators, and it has made an impact.

If you haven’t already, use this […]

Put a Price on Pollution:

What Is the ESSEX Plan?

By Michael Shank

Economists love it. Republicans love it. Democrats love it. Big multinational corporations love it. Even activists love it. What could possibly garner that much affection? A pragmatic piece of policy that puts a cost on carbon and a price on pollution. It’s clean and simple. And in […]

Willful ignorance, and what to do about it

Gov. Phil Scott doesn’t support the ESSEX Plan to reduce electricity costs and put more money in Vermonters’ pockets. And despite the fact that the plan has the support of business leaders, low income advocates, and environmentalists, he doesn’t want to learn about it either.

That’s willful ignorance, and Vermonters deserve better.

If […]

The Carbon Taxes We Already Pay

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin, 1789. Portrait painted in 1767 by David Martin (1737-1797)

They have no benefit, but their price is high.

By George Harvey

OK, US Government – See You in Court

Dr. James Hansen. Image: Flickr

By James Hansen and Sophie Kivlehan

We are a 76-year-old grandfather and his oldest grandchild, who just graduated from high school in Pennsylvania. We are among 22 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Our Children’s Trust on behalf of young people and future generations against the federal […]

Thinking of snow

Ok, so it’s the middle of July. Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are probably the furthest things from a lot of people’s minds. But for those who cherish Vermont’s snowy winters and everything they bring with them, global warming and the failure of our national leaders to grapple with this crisis is alarming no matter […]

Carbon Fee and Dividend for a Bright Green Future

900 Citizens Climate Lobby volunteers before visiting 502 Congressional offices on June 21, 2016. Photo: Citizens Climate Lobby.

By John Gage

The transition to clean energy is underway, but not fast enough to prevent life-changing consequences from greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide (CO2), the major contributor to climate change, sea level rise, and ocean […]

Tax Reform & Climate Action: The Vermont Case for Carbon Pricing

Montpelier, VT – Vermont legislators today proposed four tax reforms that would:

Create jobs and strengthen the Vermont economy, Prioritize low- and middle-income Vermonters, and Reduce the carbon pollution causing global warming.

“Our bills are conversation starters,” said Representative Johannah Leddy Donovan, a member of the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee and Chair […]

April 10, 11:00 AM – in Bradford, VT – State Representatives to Announce Important Bill

Bill to Phase Out Sales Tax in Vermont and Address Climate Change

Green Energy Times received the following media advisory, which we believe could be extremely significant, from State Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas:

Who: State Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Rep. David Deen, and special guests

What: Tax Reform and […]

Now is the time – Price on Pollution

It has been an up and down week. On the down side, President Trump’s budget is a handbook of climate denialism. He eliminates almost every federal program designed to study, prepare for, or protect Americans from the threat of global warming.

On the plus side, I was thrilled to join Vermont Representative David Deen […]