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Tackling Transport this Spring

Alan Betts in his all-electric car that is charged with the electricity from his own solar array. Courtesy photo.

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

It has been a warm winter in New England. Burlington had no nights in January below 0 ºF, and the temperature reached a remarkable 70ºF on February 26th. The […]

How Has Going Electric (car, not guitar) Changed Our Lifestyle?

Barbara delivers Green Energy Times, what they consider the “real news” paper, with their all-electric Nissan Leaf.

By Barb and Greg Whitchurch

Short answer: it hasn’t. One year ago we bought a 2008 Toyota Prius with 107K miles for $6,600. Last October we bought a 2015 Nissan Leaf with 33K miles for $12K. (The […]

Take Action on Transportation

by David Roberts

Transportation is now the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Taking advantage of more efficient transportation options can save your household money, reduce fossil fuel consumption and support a healthy lifestyle. Reducing transportation emissions on an individual basis is a challenge for many of us due to […]

Everyday Bicycling

Bellows Falls Community Bike Project first anniversary celebration. Photo by Karl Kemnitzer.

By Karl Kemnitzer

Reaching our transportation energy goals is often postponed until after we have weatherized our homes and installed solar panels, but since it is the largest energy use (37%) and emissions (46%) of any Vermont energy sector, it should be […]

Annual Wallingford Bike Safety Day: Rides Again On Saturday, May 13th, 2017

On Saturday, May 13th, from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, The Wallingford Community Bike Safety Day, will host it’s 19th annual event, at the Wallingford Elementary School. This fun, interactive and collaboratively sponsored event always has something for all ages; from free helmet fitting to an obstacle course, and from bike safety inspections to 911 […]

Vehicle standards are energy efficiency at its best – and too valuable to roll back

by Steven Nadel, Executive Director The Trump administration is reportedly launching a rollback of vehicle efficiency standards that greatly benefit the US economy. These standards save consumers money, create jobs, help reduce US reliance on foreign oil, and lower carbon emissions. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards adopted since […]

Detroit’s Death Wish Comes Roaring Back

From: TAKING THE INITIATIVE: Carl Pope’s Blog, March 6, 2017 Washington, DC

The oil industry, and its “deep state” allies in the Trump Administration, have lured US auto companies into a potentially fatal political trap, chumming Detroit by tapping into the deeply embedded penchant of the Big Three for chasing short-term market trends at […]

Our Planetary Garage

Air pollution is killing too many people

By John Bos

There is a Sanskrit proverb that observes, “For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.”

Breathing is the only autonomous system of the body that we can also control. This means that although the body governs our […]

Electric Bus Trials in Vermont and New Hampshire

Advance Transit hopes to have their new electric bus out on Tuesday, Feb. 21st. Initially it will be working one of the hospital shuttles. Photo: Courtesy of Advance Transit

By George Harvey

In the December, 2014 Green Energy Times article, “Proterra’s All Electric Bus” (, we noted that the city of Worcester, […]

Affordable Electric Cars

Consider Used Options!

By David Roberts

Plug-in electric cars are often praised for their low cost of ownership. Electricity costs less than gasoline to run on, vehicle reliability is good, and competitive prices offer smart consumers a compelling value. An added bonus is these cars have a much smaller environmental footprint over their lives compared […]