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As the election of 2012 fades into the past, issues that will face the Vermont Legislature (and other state legislatures) in 2013 are coming into focus. A critical and contentious one is wind power and the choices we make to deploy this technology as we move towards a diversified, low-cost...

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Yesterday was Sunday, a perfect late summer day in Vermont. My wife and I went kayaking on Little Hosmer Pond in Craftsbury, a two kilometer long north south impoundment built in the 19th century to supply water power to a mill.

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I recently came across this infographic depicting the total amount of federal energy incentives doled out to various energy sources over the past fifty years.

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It’s déjà vu all over again. Once again, political shortsightedness threatens to stifle a booming wind industry just as it did 30 years ago. Looking Back In the 1970’s there were two major oil shocks which spurred significant federal R&D investment in renewable energy technologies, and encouraged Congress to put...

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — though not exactly the kind that the US economy is so desperately seeking. I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, which raises some very challenging questions about business and business leadership.

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Have you seen anything in the past two weeks on the front page of the New York Times, Washington Post or Los Angeles Times about the climate change talks? No? Neither have I. This is somewhat curious since all three of these cities are at sea level and can anticipate...

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Last week I attended a fascinating lecture entitled “A New Economic Paradigm – Moving Beyond a Broken Paradigm” by an economist named Joshua Farley from the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.

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August 29,2011. It’s a beautiful late summer day in the Mad River Valley, 72 degrees, white puffy clouds and a cool breeze. I’m stranded at my home on Rice Mountain in Warren, Vermont after my driveway washed out in the worst flooding since 1927.

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It’s August 2. The United States has averted default on its sovereign debt, but at what cost? Having watched with the rest of the world the unedifying spectacle of our not so courageous political leadership negotiate with the hostage-taking ideologues of the Tea Party, I find myself relying on the...

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