A potential overhaul of Act 250 has many Vermonters questioning the merits, failures and likely future changes of the state’s watershed land use law. Last week, an all-day event was held to find balance for Vermont’s communities, economy and environment.
Greenpeace found China’s carbon dioxide emissions were increasing at their fastest rate in seven years, based on Chinese government figures, the Financial Times reported.
Lawmakers can cover the expense of infrastructural improvements while also keeping gas taxes at historic lows, according to a report Monday from a D.C.-based consulting firm.
Washington Electric Co-op has announced that electric rates will rise this year at 3.72 percent if the Public Utility Commission approves its request. Like other Vermont utility rate hikes in recent years, the main culprits include grid upgrades, curtailment of large energy projects and the spread of net metering projects.
A surprising number of environmental organizations have investments tied to fossil fuel companies, sharply contradicting their demands to curtail the conventional energy industry.
Today’s EVs run smoothly and quietly and look good. They insulate owners from fuel price volatility and supply shortages, and in most states from fuel taxes. But EVs do not come without problems.
Renewable energy may be responsible for the extinction of individual species, including the harbor porpoise and various migratory bats. A solar farm in California has killed hundreds of desert tortoises and kills about 6,000 birds a year by lighting them on fire.
Americans who live in or near a community built around a lake should be careful about stepping outside to mow the lawn if the temperature isn’t just right and the grass isn’t a certain height. They should keep pets indoors. They should forget about using weed killer.
To avoid blackouts, we need to diversify our energy supply beyond renewables and natural gas to have a grid that can reliably deliver power in all sorts of weather. When we close nuclear and coal plants and don’t build gas pipelines, we increase our weather-vulnerable dependency on imported LNG.
“But climate change is personal because it will — indeed, already is — having an impact on individual health. That’s you and me, our neighbors, family and loved ones right here in Vermont.”
A new study confirms what a growing number of environmentalists have come to accept: nuclear energy is tantamount to reducing the amount of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere.