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Vermont Business Magazine: Minter receives endorsement from Vermont Conservation Voters

August 2, 2016

Vermont Business Magazine: Minter receives endorsement from Vermont Conservation Voters

by Vermont Business Magazine

Today, at the Statehouse, Sue Minter was surrounded by environmental advocates to receive the endorsement of the Vermont Conservation Voters in her race for Governor. At the press conference, Minter reiterated her commitment to  Vermont’s bold goal to reach 90 percent renewable energy by 2050.  Minter made clear that she is the only candidate ready and committed to achieving Vermont’s renewable energy goals, cleaning up Lake Champlain and working to make sure that all Vermonters have access to clean drinking water.

“Sue Minter knows that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand, and VCV is confident that she will bring her deeply-held environmental values into her work in the Governor’s office. We are pleased to endorse Sue Minter as Democratic nominee for Governor today,” added Vermont Conservation Voters Political Director Lauren Hierl.

“I have seen the impact of global climate change - helping Vermont communities rebuild after Tropical Storm Irene and serving on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience,” said Minter. “Vermonters can count on me to move us toward our goal of 90 percent renewable by 2050. To achieve this goal, reduce our carbon footprint, and grow an innovative clean energy economy in Vermont, we should use every renewable source we can. That includes well-sited wind, as well as solar, biomass, hydro and innovation around efficiency investments like heat pumps and energy storage.”

Minter was also joined by a crowd of environmental activists, business leaders, and legislators.

Senator Chris Bray (D-Addison), Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, attended the event to announce his support for Sue Minter saying, “We have decades of work to do and we need a healthy and robust process to do that...Sue Minter is standing up for that process and that future and I’m happy to be standing up with her.”

"Bernie Sanders made climate change a pillar of his Presidential campaign," said Anthony Iarrapino, who recently returned from serving as a Sanders Delegate at the DNC in Philadelphia. “Sue is the only candidate that is ready to carry forward his clean energy vision.”

Rep. Tony Klein (D- East Montpelier), Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, pointed to inconsistencies on renewable energy positions from other candidates, particularly Matt Dunne, who recently changed his position on wind power to support allowing towns to veto proposed wind projects. “It is a huge disservice to people who already voted early for him who don’t agree,” said Klein. “This policy really demonstrates a lack of understanding of the regulatory process and renewable energy, generally.”

Minter has made her environmental plans a priority and her Clean Energy and Climate plan demonstrates that she is the leading candidate committed to prioritizing Vermont’s energy goals.