Tag Archives: Environment

News Update: Fighting Back

September 13, 2012

“I want to thank many of you for the strong support that you have given my Senate re-election campaign in Vermont. It is very much appreciated. Let me take this opportunity to keep you informed as to what our campaign is up to.”

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News Update: Oligarchy or Democracy?

August 6, 2012

“From one end of this country to the other, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by the very wealthy to defeat candidates who represent the needs of working people. Not content with controlling the economy, they also want to dominate our political system as well.”

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Bernie Sanders challenges global warming skeptic (Burlington Free Press)

July 31, 2012

By Erin Kelly Sen. Bernie Sanders took on the Senate’s biggest global-warming skeptic on Monday in a speech aimed at prodding Congress to stop ignoring the issue. Sanders, I-Vt., called on Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and other conservatives to rethink their views on global warming. Inhofe, the senior Republican on the Senate Environment and Public […]

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OpEd: Stalking the Elusive Congressman (HuffPost Green)

June 12, 2012

By Bill McKibben Pity the poor senator or representative trying to stay alive in the political jungle. At every turn there’s a danger: a constituent who actually wants something done. Or worse, a campaign donor who might be offended by that something. And so over time, our representatives have developed protective drab coloration and become […]

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Knocking the Wind Out of U.S. Energy Options (HuffPost Green)

May 25, 2012

By Elliott Negin Unless Congress acts soon, the wind industry will have to trim its sails–and its workforce. An essential federal tax break for the fledgling industry, scheduled to expire at the end of the year, has become a victim of Washington gridlock. President Obama was in Newton, Iowa, yesterday at TPI Composites, a leading […]

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Vermont, New York senators push for improved passenger train service to Montreal (Vermont Business Magazine)

May 24, 2012

US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Charles Schumer, (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are urging federal negotiators to move quickly to reach an agreement with their Canadian counterparts on allowing essential security inspections for Amtrak trains to take place in Montreal.  An agreement would lay the groundwork for a dramatic improvement of service […]

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A Congressional Push to End All Fossil Fuel Subsidies (The Nation)

May 10, 2012

By George Zornick Over the next ten years, the oil, gas and coal industries are slated to receive $113 billion in taxpayer subsidies—that’s six times the rate at which clean energy initiatives are subsidized. Americans will fund everything from development research for the industry to loan guarantees. There are all kinds of absurd tax breaks—for […]

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Sanders proposes eliminating fossil-fuel subsidies (Burlington Free Press)

By Marina Villeneuve WASHINGTON — Government subsidies for oil, gas and coal companies would end under legislation Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced Thursday. The fossil fuel industry has led a “decades-long smear campaign” against climate change and successfully lobbied for “government handouts” despite making impressive profits, Sanders, I-Vt., said at a press conference outside the Capitol. […]

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