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Ed Stanak 
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Re: “Environmentalist Bill McKibben Dumps Dunne for Minter

I support renewable energy generation projects and have done so since the late 1970s.
I also support divestment of the Vermont public employee pension funds from fossil fuel corporations.
And the gas line proposal in western Vermont must be stopped. I was arrested with others back in October 2014 at Shumlin's office in this effort.
I reject the idea that nuclear power should be accepted as a "bridge" energy source as we transition from fossil fuels.

Having said all that, the process in Vermont for the review and approval of the industrial scale renewable
energy projects is flawed and very inadequate. I base this position on two things: 1) having been involved for over
30 years in the administration of Act 250, I have had the benefit of seeing how effective regulatory controls can
protect finite natural resources and still permit suitable development along with meaningful roles for the public as parties to the proceedings and 2) having been deeply involved over the last 4 years a) in efforts to assist the folks in the NEK as they grapple with the energy corporations before the inept PSB ( which refuses to enforce conditions in existing CPGs for these projects while pushing new projects through the process with less than adequate consideration of substantive issues and b) in the legislature which has denied a fair hearing and equal footing for the folks from the NEK ( and other regions of the state) in the face of intense lobbying by
the corporations along with political $$$ contributions for ( mostly D&P) legislators.

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Posted by Ed Stanak on 08/01/2016 at 2:42 PM

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