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Gauging Wind's Place In Vermont

06/06/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Wind turbines at the Searsburg Wind Power Facility in Searsburg. Surveys indicate that a majority of Vermonters support wind power, but projects that have been proposed across the state have met with vocal opposition.

Right now in Vermont, more than a dozen industrial wind projects are operating, under construction or proposed. While surveys indicate that a majority of Vermonters support wind energy, projects across the state are meeting with vocal opposition. We get a status update on many of these projects from VPR's John Dillon. And we talk to Alan Betts, a climate scientist whose research is funded by the National Science Foundation, and Luke Snelling, the executive director of Energize Vermont, a statewide responsible renewable energy development group, about the state's relationship to wind, and whether - and where - it fits in Vermont.

Also on the program, there's a botanical bully in our midst-the yellow iris. It may look pretty, but botanists say it's a highly invasive flower that crowds out native species and can severely damage wetland habitats. We talk to Emily DeBolt, director of the Lake George Association Director, about the yellow iris, and why the Association is now asking people to be on the lookout for the yellow iris, and pull it out.

 

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