San­ders Op­poses Ver­mont Mora­to­rium on Wind

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Burling­ton, VT

San­ders next month plans to in­tro­duce sweep­ing leg­is­la­tion to ad­dress the cri­sis of global warm­ing by trans­form­ing the na­tion’s en­ergy sys­tem away from fos­sil fu­els. A ma­jor new fed­eral in­vest­ment in wind and other sus­tain­able sources of en­ergy will be part of the most ag­gres­sive mea­sure ever waged in Congress to stop an alarming, world­wide rise in tem­per­a­tures.

The se­na­tor in March will host a ma­jor con­fer­ence in Ver­mont that will fo­cus on ma­jor changes that cli­mate change will bring about in agri­cul­ture, the tourist econ­omy, the con­di­tion of Lake Cham­plain and the im­pact on state bud­gets.

“For many decades now, the state of Ver­mont has been a leader in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. We are lead­ing the na­tion in terms of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and, in the last few years, have made very good progress in wind, so­lar, geo­ther­mal and biomass. When it comes to new ideas in terms of pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, the rest of the coun­try has looked to Ver­mont for lead­er­ship – and we should be very proud of that,” San­ders said.

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