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On Climate, Divestment As Investment

There’s an esoteric-sound word echoing across campuses and board rooms this winter. Like many colleges and universities across the country, Middlebury College is suddenly facing demands from students, faculty and alumni about “divestment”: withdrawing investments from companies whose primary business is the production and sale of fossil fuels. UVM is facing similar demands. The campaign … Continue reading

Tar sands and Town Meeting Day

Are we willing to allow the dirtiest oil on the planet to threaten our prettiest places? Many Vermont towns will soon debate that issue. Vermont Town Meeting is traditionally a forum for issues that are local and often relatively small—how much money to spend on mosquito control, for example. But sometimes the matters brought to … Continue reading

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