SOURCE Rutland Herald
MIDDLEBURY - U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz shared a stage with Vermont's
congressional delegation and state officials who are all in accord Friday that
Vermont can serve as a model and innovator in efforts to transition to cleaner
The only dissonance occuring during the roughly two hour
panel discussion at Middlebury College came from opponets of a natural gas
pipeline, who called Moniz and Vermont officials hypocrites for supporting what
they said was an energy source that contributes to greenhouse gas.
much of the panel discussion, talk focused on the global need to transition to
renewable energy sources as a means of reducing climate change, creating
economic opportunities and shoring up national secutiry.
evidence of climate change, Gov. Peter Shumlin and other officials on the stage
blamed warming global temperatures for Tropical Storm Irene.
The talk at
the Middlebury campus was one of two stops for the energy secretary today. Moniz
will tour and speak about what he sees at a Rutland residence that has undergone
weatherization improvements and energy efficiency measures.
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