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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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USDA Upgrade Opportunity

USDA Upgrade Opportunity

February 27, 2021 at 11:35 am

RUTLAND HERALD 02/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 02/27/21 By Michael Shank Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has indicated he’s newly committed to a USDA that prioritizes sustainable, regenerative and climate-resilient agriculture. It’s a welcomed shift from previous stints as USDA secretary under […]

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Electricity is Cleaner and Healthier

Electricity is Cleaner and Healthier

December 27, 2020 at 7:27 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 12/26/20 TIMES ARGUS 12/26/20 By Michael Shank This month witnessed the launch of the first-ever “Gas Index,” which ranks American metropolitan areas on the leakiness of the gas supply chains that service their cities. This new index — of which Burlington ranks in the middle – takes into […]

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COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

May 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

RUTLAND HERALD 05/09/20 TIMES ARGUS 05/09/20 By Michael Shank In Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the COVID-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and […]

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Solar Peer-to-Peer Trading

Solar Peer-to-Peer Trading

February 8, 2020 at 2:57 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 02/08/20 TIMES ARGUS 02/08/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility — Green Mountain Power (GMP) — launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated […]

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EVs Celebrated

EVs Celebrated

January 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 01/18/20 TIMES-ARGUS 01/18/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green technology, Vermont has been and continues to be a national leader. Whether it’s the cutting-edge partnership between Tesla and Green Mountain Power to roll out Powerwall batteries across the state — ensuring resilient homes for Vermonters while […]

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Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

December 22, 2019 at 10:50 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 12/21/19 TIMES ARGUS 12/21/19 By Michael Shank Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain — there’s been a big focus on actions individuals can take — in Vermont and beyond. This pivot is helpful because it does, in fact, […]

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Vermont Wetlands Management

Vermont Wetlands Management

October 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/05/19 TIMES ARGUS 10/05/19 By Michael Shank The way our society responds to problems — be they social, economic or environmental — rarely prevents that problem from occurring again. We’ll quickly treat a cough, by temporarily suppressing it with cough medicine, for example, but not change the conditions […]

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