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Where they stand: On energy issues

The Free Press Editorial Board is asking candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor five questions about issues in their campaigns. Their answers will appear on the Opinion and Forum pages through this month. The series continues today with candidates for governor of Vermont. You can also follow the series online at www.burlingtonfreepress.com. Go to the Opinion page and click on "Where they stand."

The Free Press Editorial Board is asking candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor five questions about issues in their campaigns. Their answers will appear on the Opinion and Forum pages through this month.

The series continues today with candidates for governor of Vermont. You can also follow the series online at www.burlingtonfreepress.com. Go to the Opinion page and click on "Where they stand."


Gov. Jim Douglas

We've done a great deal to encourage renewable energy generation, increase energy efficiency, contain electric rates, block gas and diesel tax increases and plan for a responsible, affordable energy future. But there's more to do.

Working with the Legislature, we've launched a far-reaching public input process that will offer Vermonters opportunities to express their preferences for our future energy portfolio and help to ensure support for the resulting choices. As this process moves forward, I will continue to pursue responsible, affordable and sustainable alternatives, and I'm pleased to report we've made significant progress.

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The Free Press Editorial Board is asking candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House and governor five questions about issues in their campaigns. Their answers will appear on the Opinion and Forum pages through this month.

The series continues today with candidates for governor of Vermont. You can also follow the series online at www.burlingtonfreepress.com. Go to the Opinion page and click on "Where they stand."


Gov. Jim Douglas

We've done a great deal to encourage renewable energy generation, increase energy efficiency, contain electric rates, block gas and diesel tax increases and plan for a responsible, affordable energy future. But there's more to do.

Working with the Legislature, we've launched a far-reaching public input process that will offer Vermonters opportunities to express their preferences for our future energy portfolio and help to ensure support for the resulting choices. As this process moves forward, I will continue to pursue responsible, affordable and sustainable alternatives, and I'm pleased to report we've made significant progress.

We established a clean energy fund; expanded a system allowing Vermonters to self-generate renewable electricity; and instituted clean energy rates that allow us to purchase electricity solely from renewable sources. In addition, our Solar and Small Wind Incentive Program has invested nearly $1.5 million in 345 systems and 200 more are expected to come online over the next year.

As a way to reduce energy consumption and property taxes, I've offered a program to help schools use existing funds to install solar, wind or other alternative energy generation systems.

Expanding the market for bio-fuels is also a priority. Already, we're using over 8,000 gallons of bio-fuel per year in state vehicles; we've been using bio-fuel in a Brattleboro state building since 2004; and a new bio-fuel manufacturing facility is opening in Franklin County.

Because greenhouse gas reductions cannot be achieved without major improvements in transportation, I proposed California car emissions standards last year. Vermont is defending these rules in a lawsuit brought by the car manufacturers, and I pledge to fight to protect these important standards. I will also remain committed to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the work of my Climate Change Commission and our other efforts to combat global warming.

The important energy choices we face require a disciplined understanding of the facts, balance, common sense and foresight in weighing alternatives. We can take a great deal of pride in the progress we've made in the last few years, and I look forward to making even more in the years ahead.
Gov. Jim Douglas is the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont.

Scudder Parker

The ideal mix of energy sources is one that is diverse. Diversity in our energy sources means security, reliability and protection from volatile price swings.

Vermont can ensure that our future energy options are both affordable and environmentally sustainable by relying on energy efficiency and renewable energy options.

We will need market purchases and contracts to bridge us to a more sustainable energy future. We should first determine every opportunity to lower our total energy use through efficiency. This would change the equation of the amount of energy that Vermont needs.

I presented an energy plan earlier this summer, based on my years of experience in the field, and in it I proposed to:

Strengthen energy efficiency programs and include all fuels and aspects of energy conservation. This will improve business competitiveness and create high paying jobs;

Promote -- not discourage -- renewable energy, including wind, thus creating more jobs and protecting our environment;

Promote on-site electricity generation for businesses and campuses, and make sure that our new buildings are designed to be super-efficient, comfortable and well suited to the Vermont climate;

Provide incentives for biomass and biofuels that will help our farmers and foresters diversify and make fuel for Vermonters.

Create the Office of Energy Independence and Security that will ensure all the energy efforts of the state are coordinated, collaborative and the most efficient use of taxpayers' dollars.

These actions will result in reduced energy consumption, reduced energy costs, reduced climate change emissions, and most importantly, will foster and strengthen businesses, jobs and the economic vitality of our state. As governor, I will empower Vermonters with an energy future that creates good jobs, strengthens our economy, and provides safe, clean, and reliable energy.

You can read my full energy plan at www.scudderparker.com. We need to lower energy costs so Vermonters can stay warm, keep the lights on, and get from one place to another without having to sacrifice other basic needs. Let's plan smart, grow smart and live well. With investment, vision, leadership, and me -- Scudder Parker -- as your governor, we can.

Scudder Parker is the Democratic candidate for governor of Vermont.


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OCT 7 2006
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