Huge Crowd Rejects Vermont’s Renewable Energy Policies

Activists filled the State House to demand a ban on industrial wind projects in Vermont and to restore local control over renewable energy project siting throughout the state.

Senator John Rodgers (D-Essex/Orleans), flanked by two dozen fellow legislators from both the House and Senate, announced introduction of legislation that would accomplish these goals. “It’s time,” he said to loud cheers, “that industrial wind goes the way of the billboard, and is banned in Vermont.”

Don Chioffi, a select board member from Rutland Town, spoke for a growing coalition of local communities demanding that control over renewable energy sitings be restored to local communities. “We want the lands of our state back. Town by town. We don’t want deference, we don’t want consideration, due or otherwise. What we want is standing. We want local and regional planning documents to control land use decisions within a municipality. No more, no less,” he said.

Do you agree? Add your voice to the debate!


Local Control vs. State Control? TAKE THE SURVEY!

Ban Industrial Wind in Vermont? TAKE THE SURVEY!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Zack January 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Hideous blight on this beautiful state, Solar farms and Wind Generators ruin a beautiful vista. I don’t want them near me, near my farm or near my business.


Izzy Simons January 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Sooo is EAI going to take up the cause of those fighting the Natural Gas Pipeline too???


Rich L. January 22, 2016 at 3:34 am

It’s about time someone stood up to this issue. It doesn’t promote real long term jobs and it causes deforestation on a massive scale, doing more harm than good


samuel shultis January 22, 2016 at 8:05 am

Why wasn’t the outcome of survey #2 posted as was with #1 ?


Fred Matheson January 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

I am totally against solar and wind, How many individual homes could be set up to be “off grid” and be independent for the amount of money they dump into these disastrous eyesores


Donna Davidge January 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Areas around our lakes and beautiful State have been horribly deforested, harmful to so much wildlife and just not at all what the scam claims them to be- bravo Vermont- I wish Mainers were not so complacent. Many of us oppose and are broken hearted by this ruination.


Donald Moore January 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Competing green energy organizations should join together and invest in researching Maine legislators donations and sources of funding their campaigns for reelection or employment offers and favors. The results need to be collected and recorded in a comprehensive way by Pine Tree Watchdog and or other respected organizations and challenge other media to publish.


Marshall Rosenthal January 23, 2016 at 7:16 pm

I want to add my voice to those of the many who are fighting back against the degenerate wind power onslaught that is coming to our communities.


Jim Bulmer January 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm

It’s simple. Make all these wind and solar projects meet the Act 250 standards. My guess is that not one would pass muster.


Penny Gray January 24, 2016 at 12:28 am

Bravo, Vermonters, for leading the way out of this industrial wind scam with courage and common sense. Fight on!


Larry January 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Where are we going to get our energy? Should we purchase energy from coal fired plants or buy Canadian power? Should we have more nuclear power plants?


MD January 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm

When will the media seek to investigate the extent to which crony capitalism guised as environmentalism is behind the insane idea that Vermont, by putting windmills on all its mountains and solar panel in all of its fields, can save the planet from global warming?


LL January 26, 2016 at 12:34 am

Solar panels are desecrating Vermonts once beautiful landscape. Lets hope a new Governor, new PSB and new Legislators will reverse what the far left has allowed to happen.


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