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Democrats "Debate" Vermont's Environmental Future


Published November 9, 2009 at 8:16 a.m.

The first public forum between the five Democratic candidates for governor did little to distinguish the candidates from each other on environmental issues, but it's clear each would take a much different approach than outgoing Gov. Jim Douglas.

I was there for the whole two hours and live-blogged via Twitter. You can see some of my Twitter feed here, (you'll have to scroll down a few pages as it's been a couple days). I've posted some of the representative Tweets at the bottom of this post.

To watch each speaker yourself, go to, a new online journalism site I've plugged in "Fair Game". It's run by former print journalist Anne Galloway. She was at the forum and taped each candidate.

Though Douglas received scant attention by name, several candidates said his administration has been a constant obstacle when it comes to investing resources and effort into: land conservation and affordable housing, local food production, renewable energy, as well as moving Vermont's environmental legacy forward.

The takeaway? Vermont's environmentalists are likely to be happy with any of the Democratic candidates — at least as long as the candidates follow through with their campaign promises (cough, cough).