Arnie Gundersen on Nuclear Plants Loss of the Ultimate Heat Sink

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Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds Associates speaks on the “loss of the ultimate heat sink” and the energy dependence vulnerability of nuclear plant cooling systems.

latest news on Vermont Yankee case – Appeals court hands NRC a victory in Yankee license case


Bernie Sanders – End the Conflicts of Interest at the FED

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At a Brattleboro, VT. town meeting on 6/24/2012, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders explains the bank bailouts…. and the new legislation that he has introduced.

Federal Reserve Reform And The Federal Reserve Independence Act (Americans for Financial Reform) 

New legislation introduced by Senators Sanders, Boxer, and Begich – the Federal Reserve Independence Act — would make that change. Their proposal would not only require the removal of Jamie Dimon from the New York Fed, but would fix the structural problem that put him there in the first place. The bill mandates that the directors of regional Federal Reserve banks be appointed by the democratically selected Board of Governors, rather than elected by the banks they supervise. It also bans directors or employees of the Federal Reserve from holding stock in the banks they supervise. These are straightforward, common-sense solutions to the conflict of interest problem that should become law.

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F-35 Moving into South Burlington, Vermont?

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Video from a leaked Skype call between Hartless Corposcum and Lockheed Martin’s board members…

News Excerpt from NECN – Air Force F-35 proposal rattles Vt. cities

Jun 14, 2012
(NECN: Jack Thurston, Winooski, Vt.) – A United States Air Force proposal to locate a fleet of fighter jets in Chittenden County, Vermont’s most populous county, appears to be drawing increasingly vocal opposition in Winooski and South Burlington. But Thursday, the commander of the Vt. National Guard tried to reassure the public that the military will operate the fighters in a safe, neighborly manner.”We see the F-35 in Burlington as a pathway to the future,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie.

Dubie was talking in a rare public way about the F-35, the military’s next generation of fighter jets. The Air Force has proposed placing 18 or 24 of the radar-evading bombers at the National Guard base in South Burlington, possibly in 2015….

The South Burlington City Council recently voted 4-1 to tell the Air Force it does not support the jets taking off or landing in the community.”If we don’t speak up for the residents of South Burlington, who will speak up for them?” asked council chair Rosanne Greco….

Greco is a retired Air Force Colonel who initially supported the new F-35s until she read more about possible noise increases. NECN asked her if she believes the Air Force will take the council’s vote seriously, or simply do what it wants to do based on logistics and costs.”Having been in the Air Force, overwhelmingly mission takes priority over everything,” Greco acknowledged. “[But they should] listen to the people who are most closely affected by the basing.”….

The Winooski City Council may take a stand on the F-35s before the close of the public comment period next week. The city’s school board has already voiced concern over the idea, citing the unknown impacts on children and possible disruptions to their education. The Air Force is expected to announce by November whether or not the jets will bed down in South Burlington.

UVM – Why We’re Hosting a Food Systems Summit

Excerpt from UVM Food Systems Blog:

…Vermont is full of positive deviants. Yes, you heard it right, I said positive deviants. The definition is simple: positive deviants are people whose uncommon, but successful. behaviors or strategies enable them to find better solutions to a problem than their peers, despite facing similar challenges and circumstances. Vermont’s tradition of positive deviance and cutting-edge innovation, in the face of adversity, makes it a rich site for the creation of more sustainable food systems models adaptable around the world…

“How does a regional food system feed the world?”

To address this question and others, we have set in motion a Food Systems Summit that will bring together emerging international leaders in food systems study and work, as well as in practice with prominent national and international researchers and educators in the field, for in-depth examination of obstacles and opportunities facing us in the decade ahead. It is our expectation that the Summit will translate discussion and exploration into policy and research that can be brought into practical application — first regionally, then nationally and even globally….

A strong existing network of partnerships among UVM researchers, experimental farms, and commercial and community organizations amplifies the impacts of food systems work being done in Vermont.

For all of these reasons, we believe the time is ripe for a systems approach to a regional food system in New England that builds on our existing strengths and resources. The Food Systems Summit is the conduit to bring together like-minded leaders interested in finding solutions and then sharing them with other regions worldwide.

Are you ready for the revolution? Come join us! We will be hosting a livestream of the public conference on June 28 right on this blog and on our UVM CE Facebook Page and tweeting at the hashtag #UVMsummit. Follow us at @uvmCE or @UVMFoodFeed.

While you’re reading this blog, read some of the latest posts from our summit speakers and participants.

full article – Why We’re Hosting a Food Systems Summit.

more info – Public Conference on Sustainable Food systems

Sanders Calls For GMO Labeling Amendment To Farm Bill

From VPR News:

Thursday, 06/14/12 5:50pm

Bob Kinzel

Senator Bernie Sanders is urging his colleagues to allow individual states to require the labeling of all genetically engineered foods. Sanders’ proposal is one of more than 80 amendments to the new Farm Bill.

The Vermont Legislature considered a labeling bill this past session but Democratic leaders decided not to bring it up because of concerns that the major chemical companies would sue the state.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Sanders said his amendment makes it clear that states do have the authority to address this issue if they choose to:

“Amendment number 2310 is about allowing states to honor the wishes of their residents and allowing consumers to know what they are eating,” said Sanders. “If this is not a conservative amendment I don’t know what is. Americans deserve the right to know what they and their children are eating and that is what this amendment is all about.”

And Sanders notes that dozens of countries, including the European Union, have similar labeling laws in place:

“So this is good in 49 or more countries around the world why is it not acceptable in the United States of America and the answer is pretty simple,” said Sanders. “That we have a large powerful multi-national corporation who is more concerned about their own profits that they are about allowing the American people to know what is in the food that they are eating.”

The full Senate is expected to vote on the Sanders amendment early next week.

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Food Democracy Now Blog Article – w/text of Amendment –

Bernie’s Press Release –

Towards A Genuine Progress Economy in Vermont

– Jon Erickson of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics | Keynote Address for UVM’s annual Sustainable Business class | Summer 2012

Article from Vermont Digger:

An alternative to the traditional bottom line?

by Alan Panebaker | May 30, 2012

Starting next year, the Legislature will consider the value of things like clean water, volunteer work and time off for employees when it creates its budget.

Under a law signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin this month, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics will create what is called a “genuine progress indicator” for the state.

The “GPI” will supplement the gross state product to measure the state’s economic, environmental and social well-being.

Once the report is complete, it will go back to lawmakers who will consider the costs and benefits of budget decisions.

Jon Erickson, managing director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, spelled out how the genuine progress indicator system will work at a conference Wednesday at the college. Erickson said the institute will pull together Vermont-specific indicators of general well-being. Indicators like clean water and volunteer work would have positive financial value and those on the minus side of the equation, such as crime and pollution, would have a negative value.

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Gund Institute For Ecological Economics (website)

Gund Institute  (Youtube channel)



The Northeast Permaculture Documentary

Excerpt From: The Northeast Permaculture film Blog

The Northeast Permaculture Documentary Film Project is seeking to create a film that focuses on the many inspiring Permaculture designers, teachers and projects that are growing and shaping communities across the Northeast. We will be visiting urban green roofs, bike powered compost services, grey water systems, rain catchment projects, forest gardens,

and  many other projects that have been designed and oriented using permaculture design strategies and philosophies. We hope to spread awareness around this grass roots movement and share the stories of those who are spreading and shaping Permaculture Design in their classes and business practices.

Starting in June I will begin a 5 month journey filming and interviewing across the northeast.

I will soon be launching a Kick-Starter to fund a Veggie Oil Conversion and RoofTop Solar Panels for my vehicle to make this project as ecologically intelligent as possible.

(Link to help fund the project)

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