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Five Reasons to Oppose Tar Sands at Town Meeting

It’s likely that any day now Canada’s National Energy Board will approve the reversal of the Canadian Line 9 pipeline, setting the stage to transport dirty, dangerous tar sands east to Montreal. This decision will open the way for toxic tar sands to come to Vermont. But at town meeting, Vermonters in several towns can have a say on the issue by approving tar sands resolutions. We should pass these resolutions because:

  •  Reversing the Portland-Montreal pipeline would add big risk to our communities and natural resources because of the different substance it might carry, but bring no benefit to us.
  • A spill or leak would not only pollute our water and land, but could tarnish the clean and healthy Vermont “brand” on which our economy depends.
  •  This is a non-binding resolution. It does not commit the town to do anything or spend any money. It’s a chance to simply express a view.
  • Vermont is working hard to support energy conservation and renewable energy in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Allowing our state to be used as a highway for a substance that accelerates climate change undermines this work.
  • We need to kick our addiction to oil. Resolutions like this are a small but important step in the right direction.

If this issue concerns you, let your friends and neighbors know. Write a letter to the editor to express your concerns. This issue is relevant to any Vermonter who cares about clean energy and slowing climate change!

If you live in the Northeast Kingdom where most of the resolutions on are the town warnings, you can still get a letter to the editor into the Caledonian Record and/or the Newport Daily Express, specifically urging passage of the resolutions. Below is a sample letter to the editor you could draw from and emails to which you can send the letters. But time is tight. Act now!

Dear Editor,
In various towns in our region, there will be a town meeting resolution this year asking voters to say “no” to piping tar sands oil through the Northeast Kingdom. Please support tar sands free Vermont.

Here are just some reasons to support this resolution at town meeting:

Reversing this pipeline would add big risk to our communities and natural resources because of the different substance it might carry, but bring no benefit to Vermont.

A spill or leak would not only pollute our water and land, but could tarnish the clean and healthy Vermont “brand” on which our economy depends.
This is a non-binding resolution. It does not commit the town to do anything or spend any money. It’s a chance to simply express a view.

Vermont is working hard to support energy conservation and renewable energy in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Allowing our state to be used as a highway for a substance that accelerates climate change undermines this work.

We need to kick our addiction to oil. Resolutions like this are a small but important step in the right direction.

Please remember to attend town meeting on Tuesday, March 4.

Email addresses for newspapers:

news@caledonian-record.com

kwells@newportvermontdailyexpress.com