Vermont Is Helping to Lead the Nation in Transforming Our Energy System – Governor Shumlin and Senator Sanders

April 19, 2012

We come from Vermont. We know our small state cannot reverse global warming on our own, but we can provide a model for America which helps lead our nation and the world to a more sustainable and secure energy future. We must act to reverse global warming. The scientific consensus is clear that global warming is real, that it is caused by human activities and that it will only get worse if we do not take bold efforts now. At a time when many members of Congress do not even acknowledge that global warming is happening, in Vermont we are taking action. Vermont has more than 100 grassroots citizen-led town energy committees that are working with state agencies to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and such clean sources of sustainable energy as solar, geothermal, biomass and wind.

We are proud that according to a recent U.S. Labor Department estimate, Vermont leads the nation in green jobs per capita. That’s one reason Vermont’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation.

Read the whole op-ed here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/vermont-is-helping-to-lea_b_1435672.html?ref=yahoo&ir=Yahoo