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Climate Culpability

Climate Culpability

September 28, 2021 at 10:25 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 09/28/21 TIMES ARGUS 09/28/21 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva No matter your politics, you’re seeing the harmful impacts of climate change and continued reliance on fossil fuels all around you. Just this summer, we’ve seen the surface of the ocean on fire in the Gulf […]

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A Patriot Front sticker is seen on a historic marker sign in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The Patriot Front is considered a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Facing White Supremacy

August 30, 2021 at 12:22 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 08/28/2021 TIMES ARGUS 08/28/2021 By Michael Shank Last month, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked 10 U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked first. The state’s impressive COVID-19 response and strong public health spending boosted its spot. But what’s […]

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Vermont Condones Bullies

Vermont Condones Bullies

August 11, 2021 at 1:19 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 08/11/2021 TIMES ARGUS 08/11/2021 By Michael Shank There’s a movement metastasizing across America. It’s well armed, it’s extreme, and it’s led largely by white men. They’re enraged, they’re feeling entitled, and they’re taking ground wherever it’s given. And while the movement clearly got new wind in its sails […]

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Climate Refugees

Climate Refugees

August 3, 2021 at 9:16 am

RUTLAND HERALD 07/31/21 TIMES ARGUS 07/31/21 By Michael Shank When environmental solutions to the climate crisis come with socio-economic benefits, it’s a win-win. While these co-benefits are inherent to most climate solutions, they’re not always effectively communicated or efficiently coordinated. Take this problem in need of a solution. Large carbon-emitting […]

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The Solar Powered Village of Tinginapu, in the Eastern Ghats of Orissa:  Barefoot solar engineer Minakshi Diwan 20, tends to maintenance works in the solar village.  The Orissa Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP) is an organisation funded by DFID and run with the state government of Orissa.  The project took 4 women from a remote tribal village and trained them in Solar Powered Engineering, and installed Solar lighting in their village which had not seen electricity for over 15 years.  The Orissa Tribal Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineers Association has now got a contract to build 3000 solar-powered lanterns for schools and other institutions and is training other people in the community.

Rich Countries Need to Do the Right Thing

July 18, 2021 at 1:16 pm

TIMES ARGUS 07/17/21 RUTLAND HERALD 07/17/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke The G7 meeting last month shows how much work is still needed to help less-developed countries respond to increasing climate disasters. With rich countries merely reaffirming their more than 10-year-old outdated commitment to provide $100 billion […]

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Next Vermont Senator

Next Vermont Senator

July 3, 2021 at 10:17 am

RUTLAND HERALD 07/03/21 TIMES ARGUS 07/03/21 By Michael Shank To all the older white men potentially queuing for the 2022 election for U.S. Senate to represent Vermont, please step aside. Speaking as a white man to the handful of you who might run, I urge you to make space. As […]

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Climate Repairs Now Urgent

Climate Repairs Now Urgent

June 12, 2021 at 8:28 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 06/12/21 TIMES ARGUS 06/12/21 By Michael Shank There’s been a lot of postponing on the climate front of late. Some postponing has been understandable: The annual United Nations-facilitated climate talks, for example — known as the Conference of Parties, or COPs — were postponed because of COVID travel […]

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Neighborly Talk Useless

Neighborly Talk Useless

April 28, 2021 at 11:21 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 04/21/21 TIMES ARGUS 04/21/21 By Michael Shank I want to critique an oft-repeated proposition in Brandon — and throughout Vermont — that you can deal with a grievance by simply “talking with your neighbor.” To be clear, I support sitting down with anyone and, in diplomacy work, believe […]

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Equity-Based Planning

Equity-Based Planning

April 14, 2021 at 10:55 am

RUTLAND HERALD 04/13/21 TIMES ARGUS 04/13/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke President Joe Biden’s long-awaited American Jobs Plan has finally arrived, weighing in at $2.3 trillion in spending over 8 years. In today’s dollars, this is almost five times the new funding provided in President Obama’s 2009 […]

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Wild West Condition

Wild West Condition

March 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 09/27/21 By Michael Shank A local zoning administrator once told me — when I served as chairman of the Brandon Planning Commission — that Vermont was the “Wild West” when it came to rules and regs. He’s not wrong. I’ve witnessed this in the lax […]

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