Support Smart Action on Clean Energy
In 2024, one of our top priorities will be support of the "Make Big Oil Pay" campaign. Aligned with similar campaigns in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland, the idea is to force fossil fuel producers to pay into a Vermont "Superfund" that can be tapped by the state to pay for the massive amounts of damage that this industry is imposing on Vermonters. Recently, in collaboration with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, VTCHA held a press conference to highlight our support for this idea. You can find examples of the press coverage of that event here (WPTZ) and here (WCAX).
Another top priority will be supporting the effort to bring Vermont's approach to renewable energy into alignment with the real world. Vermont's environmental community and many of the big utilities agree that we need to move on to a much faster and cleaner track when it comes to how we generate electricity. This VTDigger story provides a good overview of where we need to go.
Please join us in support of these ideas using the simple and fast approach you'll find below. When Vermont lawmakers get 10, 20, 30 messages about an issue from voters, they pay attention. We strongly encourage you to join us in letting your state legislators know you want to see meaningful and impactful action on these two ideas in 2024.
As Margaret Mead said, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
"Scientists are saying we have about a decade to get climate change under control so that we can protect our kids and our communities. It is time for Vermont to start passing smart, equitable legislation commensurate to the challenge. Small actions are simply a waste of time. Please support the "Make Big Oil Pay" campaign, and please also support a new Clean Energy Standard that will drive carbon pollution down.