In Fighting Oil Dependency, Vermont Ranks Low Among New England States
Vermont is green in many ways, but reducing its dependence on petroleum isn’t one of them. According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Vermont ranked 16th out the the 50 states, with other northeastern states — New York and Connecticut, for example — scoring much higher.
The report rated how vigorously and effectively states were promoting solutions such as efficiency standards, idling restrictions, public transportation, and growth management, among others. Vermont faces significant challenges in that it is inherently more difficult to make mass transit work in sparsely populated rural states. This report makes it clear just how important it is, then, for Vermont to reduce demand for travel in the first place by growing in ways that are consistent with its traditional pattern of compact cities and villages surrounded by working rural lands.