Bill McKibben

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Last Friday, Democratic candidate for governor Matt Dunne issued a press release detailing his stance on wind energy projects in Vermont. His position hasn’t gone over well with some of his key supporters, and one of his primary rivals has become the beneficiary of their anger.

A push by Gov. Peter Shumlin to divest the state’s pension fund from coal stocks is drawing intense scrutiny from an opposition-research firm that has targeted some of the nation’s leading climate-change activists, including Vermont resident Bill McKibben.

America Rising Squared, an Alexandria, Virginia-based nonprofit that bills itself as a “conservative policy organization,” submitted an extensive records requests to the Shumlin administration in early May.

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It's all but certain that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee. But Sen. Bernie Sanders has been saying for months that he's staying in the race until the convention — in part — to influence the party's platform.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders came into the recent session promising to make combating climate change a top priority.

Lawmakers and the governor said a warming world was the defining crisis of our time. They focused on an effort to make homes more energy efficient.

But the reality has not lived up to the rhetoric.