Sustainable Energy

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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Fighting Climate Change With a 300-Mile Bike Ride (The Atlantic Cities)

May 24, 2012

By Kaid Benfield Yesterday I had the honor of joining a 200-strong peloton on the last leg of Climate Ride’s five-day cycling journey from New York City to Washington, raising money and awareness for the cause all along the way. The organization I work for, NRDC, is one of more than 30 terrific transportation and […]

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: Let’s End Polluter Welfare (Huffington Post)

May 20, 2012

By Sen. Bernie Sanders At a time when we have more than $15 trillion national debt, American taxpayers are set to give away over $110 billion dollars to the oil, gas, and coal industries over the next decade. Clearly, we cannot afford it. When the five largest oil companies made over $1 trillion in profits […]

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The Path to Progress: Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies (The Nation)

May 18, 2012

By Peter Rothberg Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Keith Ellison launched a new piece of legislation that would repeal $113 billion of tax-breaks, handouts and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry over the next ten years. Currently, the fossil fuel industry is generously subsidized despite the fact that it’s already the most profitable […]

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: Let’s end ‘polluter welfare’ (Politico)

By Sen. Bernie Sanders & Rep. Keith Ellison At a time when we have a more than $15 trillion national debt, U.S. taxpayers are set to give away roughly $110 billion to the oil, gas and coal industries over the next decade. We cannot afford it. The five largest oil companies made more than $1 […]

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Editorial: Time for a new approach (Brattleboro Reformer)

May 16, 2012

Vermont’s independent senator Bernie Sanders introduced legislation recently that, if passed, could kill the proverbial two birds with one stone: Reduce the federal deficit and help wean us off our over-dependence on fossil fuels. Last week, Sanders and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act in the House and Senate. Sanders […]

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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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Hundreds rally in Montpelier for May Day labor event (VtDigger)

May 2, 2012

By Taylor Dobbs In a gathering reminiscent of the Occupy movement that swept the nation last summer, Vermont’s unions, rights groups and other liberal activists gathered in Montpelier Tuesday for a May Day rally. The rally, organized by the Vermont Workers’ Center, kicked off at Montpelier’s City Hall and police closed off Main Street and […]

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Vt. lawmakers confer on key bills; end in sight (Boston Globe)

May 1, 2012

By Dave Gram MONTPELIER, Vt.—With hundreds of people clamoring outside for Vermont’s governor to “put people first,” lawmakers inside the Statehouse rejected the latest attempt at overhauling campaign finance laws and prepared for a final round of votes on whether to continue allowing parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated as a requirement […]

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