Andrea Stander, Executive Director of Rural Vermont and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin presented Bob with the Environmental Communicator Award ~
"Bob Farnham is the digital age's equivalent of a charismatic itinerant preacher blended with Johnny Appleseed. Bob effectively uses his considerable skill for leveraging the power of digital media to "spread the word" and his timeless dedication to "showing up" at any event or gathering where there might be the opportunity to gently bend someone's ear about the value of clean renewable energy. Through his own effort, he has become knowledgeable in all the latest green technologies and he can talk about them in plain compelling language that wins over even the most skeptical. Bob is fearless in talking to anyone and absolutely committed to doing everything he can to promote the widespread adoption of conservation, energy efficiency, sustainability and ending our reliance on fossil fuels."
We have a responsibility to tackle the root cause of global warming. That means we have to stop allowing oil and gas companies to pollute Vermont for free. Our plan will require these companies to pay a tax on the carbon pollution created by the fossil fuels they sell.
Invest in Vermonters by helping us save money and cut pollution.
Our plan will use some of the revenue from the pollution tax to create an Energy Independence Fund to help Vermonters save money on their home heating and other energy costs, and cut carbon pollution. We just need to boost our efforts to implement the efficiency and clean energy technology available to us today.
Hold the largest polluters responsible, while giving Vermonters and Vermont businesses a rebate or tax cut.
By charging oil and gas companies for the pollution they create, we can finally afford to make substantial cuts to other taxes Vermonters currently pay. And even if oil and gas companies try to pass on the costs by raising prices, Vermonters and local businesses come out on top. Vermonters’ incomes would still rise by a whopping $100 million in 10 years.
Why putting a price on pollution works for Vermonters
A pollution tax will save Vermonters money by helping them switch to clean energy and efficiency, create jobs, and keep Vermonters’ dollars local.
According to economic modeling performed specifically for Vermont by non-partisan firm Regional Economic Models Inc., this pollution tax will not only slash carbon pollution, it will also help grow Vermont’s economy and create good-paying jobs. Read on to find out how.
By helping Vermonters weatherize their homes and make other investments to cut their energy bills and dependence on fossil fuels, this plan will save Vermonters hundreds of millions of dollars that they’d otherwise be spending on fossil fuels, while putting Vermont on track to meet our energy goals.