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At a press conference in Montpelier today, Energy Independent Vermont released data from a survey of likely Vermont voters. The key findings include:
- Vermonters believe global warming is happening, understand that it is human caused, and they are worried. Eighty one percent of Vermonters think global warming is happening; 63% understand that global warming is primarily human caused; and 70% are worried about global warming.
- Vermonters support the State’s renewable energy (78%) and greenhouse gas reduction (75%) goals. A large majority of Vermonters also support action to achieve those goals, including a carbon pollution tax that’s paired with tax cuts and investments in efficiency (63%).
- By a 2-to-1 margin (59% to 26%), Vermonters are more likely to vote for a candidate who makes support of clean energy central to their campaign.
“Vermonters understand that global warming is a threat to the Vermont way of life,” said Energy Independent Vermont campaign director Tom Hughes. “Three out of four Vermonters support the goals in the State’s Comprehensive Energy Plan, and nearly two thirds support the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions while strengthening the Vermont economy – a carbon pollution tax balanced by other tax cuts and investments in clean energy.”
In the race for Governor of Vermont, the poll found that 68% of Republican primary voters support Phil Scott over Bruce Lisman (23%), with nine percent undecided (n=171; MOE +7.5%). In the Democratic primary, Matt Dunne (31%) and Sue Minter (36%) are statistically tied for the lead, with Peter Galbraith at eight percent and 25% undecided (n=217; MOE +6.6%).
Poll results can be found at: www.EnergyIndependentVT.org
The 600-person, likely voter survey was conducted by Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates from June 26-29, 2016 with a margin of sampling error of +4%.
Energy Independent Vermont is a coalition of environmental organizations, Vermont businesses and business associations, academic leaders, low-income advocates and Town Energy Committees all dedicated to a simple goal: address the problem of climate change by putting a price on pollution here in Vermont.
Get a clear-eyed look at what the transition to renewable energy may actually entail
Join energy experts Tim Maker, Beth Sachs, Leigh Seddon, and David Blittersdorf on Thursday, July 7, at 6:00 PM at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Middlebury for a practical, clear-eyed look at what the transition to renewable energy may actually entail.
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This is the second of five programs organized in conjunction with the Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning. Our Gallery at 88 Main street will have extended hours from 5:00 to 5:45 PM on July 7 in advance of this program.
There is a growing realization among elected officials and the general public that as much as 80 percent of the remaining oil, gas, and coal must be left in the ground in order to head off catastrophic climate change. The implications of this for energy use, renewable energy growth, and a restructuring of our energy systems are vast.
While it is possible to identify the kinds of energy technologies and systems that will take us where we need to go, it is much harder to envision how this will actually play out.
What level of efficiency do we need to achieve and how much renewable energy do we need? Will society at large be able to afford this technological change? Will economically disadvantaged people be left behind? Can we do it fast enough? Will only wealthy nations have the resources to change quickly? Are our political institutions up to the task?
This is a Vermont conversation about a global vision for what technologies are required and how quickly we must adopt them at scale, but it is also a conversation about the barriers that stand in the way of full, rapid adoption.
The Vision & Voice Gallery program is generously underwritten by our season sponsor, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, with additional support from our membership at large.
Where do the candidates stand on the environment?
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Vermont Conservation Voters and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) will be co-hosting an environmental debate with all the major gubernatorial candidates in Vermont’s Republican and Democratic primaries.
The issues will range from renewable energy and climate solutions to clean water, toxic chemicals, healthy forests and wildlife, sustainable communities, and more.
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Welcome reception with finger foods and cash bar
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Republican candidate debate
7:30-8:30 p.m. – Democratic candidate debate
Space is limited so register today!
To join the event in Montpelier, register at this link:http://goo.gl/forms/vbAGdYegNChc3Jsr1
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