Our own Peter Galbraith and a few other Vermont State Senators supported by anti-wind groups in Vermont have crafted legislation, currently embodied in Senate bill S.30, to prohibit the siting of wind in our state. The current version of the bill creates a local veto of any project by host, neighboring and even “affected” towns and requires all criteria of Act 250 to be complied with. A vote is expected this week and it could be one requiring a tie to be broken by the anti-wind Lieutenant Governor. Our Windham County Senators are split on this bill with Senator White appearing to oppose it, and Galbraith (one of the authors) strongly in favor of it. Senator McCormack from Windsor County is reported to be deeply torn by this bill and might vote either way. Please help convince Sen. McCormack to oppose the bill and lend some support to Sen. White. Below is a listing of Senators.
Please call and/or write your senators to urge them to vote HELL NO on Senate bill S.30. The Senate vote on the bill could happen as soon as today.
Spread the word! If you would prefer to call and leave a message for your senator(s) during the hours they are in session, you can call the Sergeant at Arms, Francis Brooks at 802-828-2228 and ask him to leave a short message with your senator(s). If you are unsure who the senator(s) are in your Vermont district, you can find them easily at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/legdir/FindMyMember.cfm by simply entering your zip code.
Below is a list of email addresses for all of the VT senators:
Bill Sponsors (assumed to be in favor. *denotes co-author of bill):
* Senator Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
* Senator Robert Hartwell (D-Bennington District): <email@example.com>
* Senator Peter Galbraith (D-Windham District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans District): <email@example.com>
Senator Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans District): <email@example.com>
Senator Norman McAllister (R-Franklin District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia District): <email@example.com/>
Senator Margaret Flory (R-Rutland District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland District): <email@example.com>
Assumed to be in favor of bill (based on limited knowledge):
Senator John Campbell (D-Windsor District): <JCampbell@leg.state.vt.us>
Senator Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Assumed to be against bill (write to these people to encourage them to hold their ground!):
Senator Mark MacDonald (D-Orange District): <email@example.com>
Senator Jeanette White (D-Windham District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden District): <email@example.com>
Senator David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Position unknown (as far as we know):
Senator Richard McCormack (D-Windsor District): <email@example.com>
Senator Richard Westman (R-Lamoille District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Richard Sears (D-Bennington District): <email@example.com>
Senator Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Eldred French (D-Rutland District): <email@example.com>
Senator Sally Fox (D-Chittenden District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator William Doyle (R-Washington District): <email@example.com>
Senator Ann Cummings (D-Washington District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Donald Collins (D-Franklin District): <email@example.com>
Senator Christopher Bray (D-Addison District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden District): <email@example.com>
Senator Claire Ayer (D-Addison District): <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden District): <email@example.com>
Senator Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle District): at Statehouse: 802-828-2231 / district ofc: 802-863-1067 / business: 802-862-4065
It Could Come Down to One Senator.... Send an urgent message(s) to OPPOSE Bill S.30
The upcoming vote on Bill S.30, designed to stop the development of clean, renewable energy projects in Vermont, is projected to be very, very, very close with the Senate tie breaker going to our anti-wind Lt. Governor Phil Scott.
With your help NOW, we can still stop on what is likely the most anti-environmental piece of legislation that will be seriously considered all year. Send these Senators an urgent message to OPPOSE attacks on clean energy now!
The bill - S.30 - is designed to stop the development of clean, renewable energy projects in Vermont. It is opposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and the state's leading environmental organizations, including VPIRG, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, the Vermont chapter of the Sierra Club, 350VT, Citizens Awareness Network, the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance, and the Northeast office of the National Wildlife Federation.
And let's not forget, whenever they're asked, the overwhelming majority of Vermonters also say they support renewable power, including the 69% who said they'd like to see more wind developed in their own communities in the most recent statewide poll. (1)
If S.30 is passed, it will give preferential treatment to dirty energy generated by coal, gas, oil, hydro and nuclear facilities over renewable power proposed right here in Vermont. Even community-scale solar and wind facilities will be subject to the local and regional bans allowed under the bill. Meanwhile, the giant power lines necessary to bring in dirty energy from outside the state will be exempt from any new restrictions.
Call or send a message to your Senators, urging them to OPPOSE S.30 right away. VPIRG believes we all have a responsibility to play an active role in generating the clean energy that Vermonters want. The state's long-term energy plan calls for 90% of our energy to come from renewable sources by 2050. We can't reach that goal if S.30 passes. We cannot afford to retreat from our state's commitment to clean energy now.
Please take just a moment to contact your Senators right now. The vote is close and here's what Sen. Sanders has said is at stake: "If Vermont ceases new wind development the message will go out all across the country, spread by the well-funded coal and oil companies, that even in Vermont - progressive Vermont - there is not a serious commitment to combating global warming."
Eric Stevens, Paul Burns & Tad Montgomery
The image in this post is from a presentation on Germany's renewable energy transformation that was given in Brattleboro on March 11th by Bob Walker of SERG and State Rep. Margaret Cheney. It is of a small farming town in Germany that is developing renewable energy cooperatives, public ownership of energy utilities, and thriving economically as a result. Photographer: Michael Diestel, Agrokraft