State of Vermont Archives: on Energy & Oil


David Zuckerman: Put $20 million more into weatherization

An exchange during a September forum highlighted some of their differences as Zuckerman began discussing energy policy. "Often he's made proposals in budget addresses where there's great new ideas and you're right the legislature doesn't go along with them because quietly money was taken from other programs to do it. We need to invest much more in weatherization. Under my earlier plan we would be putting 20 million additional dollars per year into weatherization."
Source: WAMC Alternative Radio on 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial race Oct 29, 2020

David Zuckerman: Invest in renewable energy; Vermont has lost jobs

The two also outlined their vision for the road ahead past the pandemic--to address the root of Vermont's demographic crisis. Zuckerman calls for investments in downtown development, regenerative agriculture, and broadband, to bring in and keep the next generation of Vermonters. "We also need to invest in the jobs available right now around weatherization and renewable energy," he said. "Under the governor's term as governor, we have lost 500 renewable energy and solar installation jobs."
Source: WCAX-TV CBS-3 on 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial debate Oct 8, 2020

David Zuckerman: Work toward renewable, sustainable energy as primary sources

We believe that it is important to do everything we can to listen to our youth and step up to stop climate change. We will work toward a future where Vermonters' primary energy sources are renewable and sustainable--built and maintained by hardworking Vermonters and small businesses right here in the state. We will ensure that Vermont workers and unions are involved as we keep our promises to reduce emissions and reliance on fossil fuel sources.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website ZuckermanForVT.com Apr 3, 2020

David Zuckerman: Encourage alternatives to single-use vehicles

We must also continue to improve fuel efficiency for personal vehicles and the state fleet and encourage alternatives to single-use vehicles (like trains, buses, bikes, carpooling) so that rural Vermonters will be able to travel more freely across the state. Improved transportation options also mean easier access for tourists who are a significant revenue generator in our state. An increase in transportation and, therefore, tourism means an increase in employment opportunities for Vermonters.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website ZuckermanForVT.com Apr 3, 2020

Rebecca Holcombe: Climate change is here, renewable energy is our future

Climate change is here. Renewable energy is our future. I will:
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website RebeccaHolcombe.com Mar 26, 2020

Rebecca Holcombe: Will move us to a sustainable, green energy future

Climate change is here. Renewable energy is our future. I will refocus our current public investments to move us out of our fossil-fuel dependence, and into a sustainable, green energy future. Support innovation in green technologies and markets that build community wealth, including in our rural counties. Ensure equity of opportunity across regions and protect low and moderate income Vermonters in the transition.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website RebeccaHolcombe.com Jan 23, 2020

Phil Scott: Use funds to help Vermonters purchase electric vehicles

We can build on our work to protect our environment, communities and kids. We rank high when it comes to air quality, but we can do more to lower emissions in our state, so I'll propose using settlement funds to help more Vermonters purchase electric vehicles. My budget will propose a long-term funding source for our water quality initiatives, using existing revenues and a new delivery model to put this money to work on the ground. My budget will invest in lead testing at schools statewide.
Source: 2020 Vermont State of the State address Jan 9, 2020

Phil Scott: $1.5M in rebates for 50,000 electric cars by 2025

Transitioning to electric vehicles can save millions of dollars. We need 10 percent--about 50,000--of the cars and trucks on our roads to be electric by 2025, and 25 percent by 2030. We all know transportation costs are high for rural Vermonters--that's one of the reasons I will not support a carbon tax. I'm proposing $1.5 million in rebates to help more people purchase or lease new or used EVs.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Vermont legislature Jan 24, 2019

Keith Stern: Goal to convert to 75% renewable energy will hurt Vermont

In order to get to the 75% renewable energy by 2032, a goal set by the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan, Vermont would end up with 30K acres of solar fields and 200 miles of wind turbines equaling the destruction of Vermont as we know it! You have had no say! The VCEP states, "Not only can Vermont be a leader in global climate change efforts, but we can do so while increasing our energy security, improving our economy, protecting ratepayers, and reducing total energy costs." At what expense? They are out to destroy the Vermont landscape, ecosystem and your financial stability through a $500,000,000 a year tax on home heating fuel, propane for your hot water and fuel for your cars! The destruction of the Green Mountain State's character, natural beauty and way of life through big government is unacceptable! The Vermont Renewable Mandate must be repealed and replaced with something that makes sense for our wildlife and our way of life.
Source: 2018 VT Gubernatorial campaign website VermontGetsStern.org Sep 18, 2018

Christine Hallquist: Supports Solar Pathways plan of 90% renewable energy by 2050

Follow the Solar Pathways Vermont plan for reaching a 90% renewable energy supply by 2050.
Source: 2018 VT governor Campaign website ChristineForVermont.com Sep 1, 2018

Brooke Paige: Develop alternative energy if affordable and reliable

Source: 2018 Vermont Senate campaign website BrookePaige.us Aug 14, 2018

Phil Scott: Tax holiday on hybrids, electric vehicles, & green products

I'm committed to working towards energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. I believe we can reach our goal of 90% renewables. To further promote energy efficiency and decrease our reliance on fuel sources that impact our climate, I'm proposing a tax holiday and rebate program on hybrids, electric vehicles and energy efficient products. Vermonters will see a 6 percent savings through these initiatives, encouraging more to invest in energy efficiency.
Source: 2017 Vermont State of the State address Jan 25, 2017

Sue Minter: Keep electric rates low to compete in New England

Q: What about a consumer advocate to ensure Vermonters are paying fair electric and natural gas rates?

Sue Minter: Vermont now has the second-lowest overall electric rates in New England, which is important as we compete for jobs with our neighbors. However, I know we can continue to improve upon our competitive position in the region, and I know that even modest rate increases in gas or electric service can be very challenging for Vermont's families, our seniors, and our businesses. My administration will strengthen the existing Public Advocate office and work with the Department of Public Service, the Public Service Board and stakeholders to ensure Vermonters are paying fair electric and natural gas rates.

Phil Scott: The Department of Public Service must act as an advocate for ratepayers, including residential customers. There is clearly room for improvement in advocating for residential customers and I will make sure my Commissioner is a strong voice for all consumers.

Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial race Oct 31, 2016

Patrick Leahy: Human-caused climate change is accelerating

Q: What do you believe the federal government should do to control global climate change?

Patrick Leahy: Human-caused climate change is accelerating with each passing year to devastating effects on our natural resources and our global economy. We must act to mitigate any further damage by aggressively moving toward clean energy sources and cutting our carbon emissions. I was proud to support President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which set the first ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, our nation's largest stationary source of greenhouse gas emissions. But more needs to be done. We cannot allow climate deniers to continue to risk the futures of our children and our grandchildren. Addressing the devastating effects of human-caused climate change, which is accelerating each year. We must do everything we can to protect our environment, especially Lake Champlain, the Green Mountain National Forest and Vermont's other environmental treasures.

Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Vermont Senate Race Sep 19, 2016

Phil Scott: Combat climate change & reduce our reliance on fossil fuels

Q: What steps would you take to secure Vermont's energy future?

Phil Scott: Securing our energy future requires us to be more self sufficient, and in order to do so we must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. I am proud of Vermont's forward-thinking efforts to combat climate change, and we should explore purchasing "green" power from reliable, affordable sources, including solar, hydro, and natural gas, among others. As we've seen with the solar industry, when government acts as a partner and incentivizes growth, the sector flourishes & creates jobs. In addition, the independence gained by weaning ourselves off of non-renewable power sources will further preserve our state's natural environment for future generations. Fundamentally, we need to recognize that growing our economy and preserving our environment by making smart energy choices are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are inextricably linked. A strong economy needs to rely on a sustainable energy policy, and vice-versa.

Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial Race Sep 19, 2016

Bruce Lisman: Moratorium on industrial scale solar and wind projects

Establish a temporary moratorium on industrial scale solar and wind projects. We need to improve the process for approving and siting large renewable energy installations. Local communities must have meaningful input into the process. We cannot continue to ignore the negative impacts on our environment and our neighbors. And in many parts of the state, we have reached capacity in terms of the ability to economically integrate additional renewable generation capacity into our grid. Let's slow down and make sure we put in place a more deliberate and balanced permitting process for industrial scale renewables, and ensure that the electric infrastructure can support these additions.
Source: 2016 gubernatorial campaign website, LismanForVermont.com Mar 6, 2016

David Zuckerman: Fund alternative energy; end funding for traditional energy

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?

Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

No.

Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to Vermont's energy infrastructure?

Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?

Yes.

Q: Do you support government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?

Yes.

Source: Vote Smart Vermont State 2014 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2014

Shap Smith: More programs for LIHEAP and home weatherization

For Vermonters of all incomes, H. 520 asks the Public Service Board to oversee greater coordination and streamlining of existing programs [on home weatherization]. Other steps in H.520 include improved adherence to existing building codes, development of an energy rating for existing structures, strategies for development of a trained labor pool, and exploration of incentives for renewable heating fuels, such as biomass pellets.

"This bill directs weatherization to the lowest-income homes that are the least energy efficient. Over time, this will allow us to distribute LIHEAP fuel aid more efficiently," said Speaker Shap Smith. "In our cold state we must keep Vermonters warm, spend less, and improve energy efficiency. This bill moves us in that direction."

The House hopes these measures will be bolstered next year with more funding and that together they will help meet a statutory goal of weatherizing 80,000 housing units by 2020.

Source: 2016 gubernatorial press release via speaker.vermont.gov Mar 22, 2013

Phil Scott: Supports renewable energy investment

In keeping with his strong support of renewable energy investment, Lieutenant Governor candidate Phil Scott will participate in several green energy conferences and forums this month that offer opportunities for an exchange of ideas and expertise about ways to decrease Vermont's reliance on fossil fuels.

"Asserting our independence and self-reliance, taking responsibility for our future energy needs and revitalizing the state's economy and business climate are the principal themes of my candidacy," Scott said. "I see the renewable energy sector as offering a lot of potential to help us accomplish all of these goals, and these conferences provide an invaluable exchange of ideas and information between entrepreneurs, scientists, consumers and state leaders."

The Renewable Energy Future Conference is designed for members of the general public looking for renewable energy options for home or business and for those working in the renewable energy and general energy sector.

Source: 2010 Vermont Lt. gubernatorial press release, PhilScott.org Nov 1, 2010

Larry Drown: Donít drill for oil in our national parks

We now, instead of supporting President Kennedyís commission on fitness, are one of the most obese nations in the world, heavily dependent on energy from abroad, and are losing ground daily in education to other countries and are considering drilling for oil in some of our national parks. Changing the balance of power in The House of Representatives and the Senate will be a good start in changing this culture of ours that isnít really working for us.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.drownforvermont.com Jun 24, 2006

Matt Dunne: Promote alternative fuels and renewable energy

Source: Vermont Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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