Call to Action! Support Renewable Energy at the Statehouse – Thursday, June 9th at 9:30am

Tomorrow, Vermont’s legislators are returning to the State House to S.230—the renewable energy siting bill that was vetoed by Governor Shumlin this week. VPIRG has come out in support of this veto, because last-minute changes to the legislation essentially place a moratorium on wind development for the near future.   Are you able to join us at the State House this Thursday?.   We believe the issues raised by the Governor are legitimate, and weren’t intended by the legislature. We’re urging the legislature to fix those issues and send the bill back to the Governor to sign. If you’d like to read our full statement on the veto and fix, you can find that here.   Renewable energy supporters who are interested in showing support and joining the many groups asking the legislature to fix and pass the bill are meeting at the State House cafeteria at 9:30 on Thursday, […]

Learn More About Natural Resources Management with Vermont Experts!

  Are you a high-school student interested in the environment and ready to explore, in depth, your passion for Vermont’s natural resources? If you answered yes to this question, then you should attend the 9th annual Natural Resources Management Academy. Come ready to explore natural resources management, and share a weekend with other high school students from around Vermont that have the same interests. The Natural Resources Management Academy has been developed for individuals just like you! The Academy is a weekend full of fantastic learning opportunities aimed at understanding Vermont’s forests, wildlife, soils and water ecosystems. All programs will be hands-on and mostly outdoors. The Natural Resources Management Academy will take place July 8-10, 2016 at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp on Buck Lake in Woodbury. This program is open to teens just completing 8th grade to recently graduated seniors. Information and registration can be found at www.uvm.edu/extension/teenleadership. Click […]

The Youth Guide to Politics: Part Two – Lobbyists

Excerpted from http://www.thenation.com/article/youth-guide-politics-part-2-lobbying/ Lobbyists are powerful, influential and unelected folks who get Congress to do their bidding. What do youth need to know about these key players? Who are these people? If you read Part One of our Youth Guide to Politics you heard me drop “the L-word” because many organizations, companies, and unions have lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) and use them to get the laws they want passed. But Yukon High School American history and government teacher Ed Brown says he doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about lobbyists. “We don’t get into specifics,” he said. Instead they just “talk about what they do and their function, how they have to register. We talked a little about who they work for but in the broad sense–that they work for some ideology groups or organizations.” Brown said like anything they discuss in his 11th and 12th grade classes […]

The Youth Guide to Politics: Part One – Superdelegates

Excerpt from http://www.thenation.com/article/youth-guide-politics-superdelegates/ Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are battling it out down to the wire; only a few state Democratic primary contests remain. And because of that, the so-called superdelegates may very well be the deciding factor among the split primary electorate. So who and what are superdelegates, and how influential will they be? Superdelegates are everyone from party leaders like Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean to experienced elected officials and unelected Democratic party members. Regular delegates are elected to represent the popular vote from primary elections or caucuses in each state. So, if the people of North Carolina vote 60 percent for Barack Obama and 40 percent for Hillary Clinton, then 60 percent of the delegates will go to Obama and 40 percent will go to Clinton. But superdelegates get to choose whichever candidate they wish, regardless of how their states vote. Most, like Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey […]