Vermont Sierra Club, BlueGreen Alliance Promote Green Energy and Green Jobs
Under the banner of the BlueGreen Alliance, on October 17 the Vermont Sierra Club joined the Vermont AFL-CIO, the Vermont Building Trades Council, Vermont Iron Workers Local 7, and 350 Vermont in hand-delivering a letter to Liz Miller, the state Commissioner of Public Service.
"Vermont's leading voices for working families and the environment are united and speak with one voice when it comes to renewable in-state energy production," declares the letter, which was signed by Vermont Chapter Chair Zak Griefen and Energy Committee Chair Steve Crowley on behalf of the Sierra Club.
That's Griefen, below at far left, with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Chapter Vice Chair David Ellenbogen at a climate rally in the state capital of Montpelier this September; Crowley is pictured at right.
The Oct. 17 manifesto, entitled "Green Energy and Good Jobs for Vermonters," asserts that environmental and economic issues related to new energy development cannot be separated.
"Creating green energy without also supporting a strong local economy, or aggressively seeking job creation without addressing basic environmental issue undermines the future on which our Green Mountain State is predicated," reads the declaration, addressed to the Governor and the People of Vermont. "As Vermonters, as the leaders or organized labor, as environmentalists, we do not and cannot accept a disjunction between these two foundational beliefs. In brief, we need green energy, and we need good green jobs!"
The delegation also met with Alexandra MacLean, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs. That's Vermont AFL-CIO President Ben Johnson, Public Service Commissioner Miller, Secretary MacLean, Vermont Sierra Club organizer David Van Deusen, and Becky Jones of 350Vermont, pictured atop this post. The meeting took place at the capitol.
"The meeting was very productive and was a very strong step toward meeting our green energy and green jobs goals," says Van Deusen. "Secretary MacLean offered to arrange a follow-up meeting with Governor Shumlin, and a good line of communication was established."