Matt Dunne Releases Renewable Energy Siting Policy

White River Junction — Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for Governor, today released his renewable energy siting policy. Renewable energy siting has been an issue of deep concern throughout this campaign. It consistently comes up at forums, in interviews and on the campaign trail across the state.

“As I travel across Vermont, I’ve heard concerns about the siting of renewable energy projects. Many times, these projects have created unfortunate division within our state,” said Matt Dunne, Democratic Candidate for Governor. “We must battle climate change and continue down the path to 90% renewable energy by 2050. We need to do our part to show the country what is possible. But we must do this in a Vermont way.”

As governor, Matt’s policy on energy siting will be:

  • Large-scale ridgeline wind projects should only take place with the approval of the towns where the projects are located. As governor, I will ensure that no means no. Towns should be voting by Australian ballot, and if a town says no to a large industrial wind project I would use all the power of the Governor’s office to ensure that is the end of the project.
  • Vermont’s renewable energy future is largely in solar and small-scale hydro. Solar does not have the adverse environmental impact of wind and it can be sited in a way that accommodates community concerns.
  • We should create incentives for microgrid development and renewable energy projects that are placed within a microgrid territory. This will allow for much more efficient distribution and help for local consumption of local energy.

“Matt Dunne has consistently shown that he listens to Vermonters,” said Peter Galbraith, Democratic candidate for Governor. “Matt understands the anguish that large-scale wind projects cause many Vermont communities. His statement today is a big step in the direction of a renewable energy policies that serve the interests of Vermonters, and not the corporations.”

“While I won’t close the door to new wind projects, large-scale wind projects are not right for all parts of the state. Unless supported by the local community, it is difficult to justify the divisions and controversy they create,” said Dunne. “We also all have to recognize that large-scale wind projects do have impacts on the ecology of places where they are built, something we must weigh when considering development.”

For more information about Matt’s proposals for protecting our environment and securing our energy future, please visit:  http://www.mattdunne.com/energy-environment/

War in America

They move through chaos with their guns drawn and their bodies tensed alertly
One moves with his arm on the back of another followed by yet another with his arm on the back of the one he follows
A team moving through the bullets looking out for one another
These are our soldiers getting shot at in our streets
I noticed it when I got back from Italy last winter:
The relaxed feeling in Italy was gone as soon as we got to customs
A man with a black crew cut questioned me about my bags. He was highly alert and a product of our military.
This is America where the military produces one homogenous style of watch dog and protector
This American military makes itself present in our police force
Tightly knit from sea to sea.
Respecting the flag. Respecting duty.
Yes a little too proud at times. Cocky even but that’s what shit kicking in the name of America brings out.
Too deadly with blacks yes but they keep law and order on our streets. Corrupt sometimes but not all the time.
Some struggle with mental illness.
These military brutes with their short hair and their jacked appearance make America safe and love or hate them this is who they are.
They operate on common sense and facts. They interrogate.
Sometimes justice is served. Sometimes injustice prevails.
This is our police force. Children look up to them…that childlike belief that all is safe and friendly with these men looking after us. And usually it is. But something deadly is at work in our nation. Chaos is coming.
Can we keep that childlike belief alive and well?
Can we live in a wholesome nation again where all people are productive and drug free and the police don’t really have to work because the people keep the streets safe?
Where blacks aren’t hated and killed?
Must we always have selfish needs and raise selfish ungrateful children?
Can we accept responsibility for our society and come together to make it great?
Can we stop idolizing people who don’t give a damn about us who live in Hollywood but only care about themselves and instead invest our love and energy into our neighbors?
Knock on doors? Introduce ourselves?
Make new friends?
Learn to forgive? Feel joy? Let go of anger?
The military police will be the military police.
.Let’s give these heroes a break from gun fire and war on our very own shores.
Let’s love blacks and Hispanics as our fellow countrymen and band together as Americans.
The fundamental question is: will we survive for another hundred thousand years or will we perish and do we care?
Our ancestors got us this far. They sacrificed everything for us.
If I could save this great nation by running into bullets to take out an enemy bent on destroying us I would.
I would give it all up for children, the purist expression of humanity around, with fresh instincts, honesty and concern for the well being of the world.
I would run into those bullets, gun drawn, blasting away just like our ancestors did in two world wars before us.
If only we would cherish this gift of life and cherish each other and cherish our children and all they represent.
We will not out live time in these our bodies in the only existence we may ever know but a piece of us can live on in our children and in that way we can be immortal.
We stand at a crossroads: will we give in to our worst impulses and fight and have drama and escape reality through drug use or will we face the music and rise to the occasion?
What will humanity look like for the next hundred thousand years?
Will we continue to destroy a planet that we need to survive? Will we stand up to billionaires whose gospel is “make that money” to the extent that nothing else matters?
Who do we want to be as an animal?
If we don’t enforce birth control around the world we will continue to compete for resources and grow poorer and more polluted and some will starve, one of the most heinous ways to die, and wars will need to be fought.
Can we pause for a minute and say enough is enough? This doesn’t feel good…I’m not proud of who I am and what I represent…
Can we pause and set up a regimen for living that takes us into the future sustainably?
The answer is yes!
We can put people on the moon. We can survive another hundred thousand years without war and hate.
When your life is interrupted like mine was and you sit in one place for a month like I did in the hospital, you realize that Sometimes you get so busy from childhood on that you never really pause. You never have the chance to change your political party or your hobbies or your friends or your career.
Your just on an inevitable ride to the end on autopilot.
We can stop this train!
We can look around this beautiful planet, the only thing like it in the vast depths of the universe that we know of like it, and we can preserve it. For our children. If only for those first ten years of pure joy and uninhibited instinct. Child like belief in the goodness of police and authority figures. The first sensations of sunrise and thunder storms and snow. How magical it all seems when you are first a child.
We must preserve that. That first ten years.
How selfish it is that we want to live to be 100 at the expense of the next generation. Our ancestors died at 18 for us. They lived the good life. They got that first ten years and then they passed it on to us. If you got your ten years you got it baby! You got the magic of life! Now is time to sacrifice so the next generation can get ten good years. And so on and so forth for the next hundred thousand years.
If I could save the world by running headlong into bullets I would but the military won’t take me and I’m not sure that would be my most useful purpose. I’m a writer not a warrior.
It takes a whole country to have the same willingness to give it all up for those first ten years of the next generation.
Wake up America!
I’m here to tell you that life is a magical gift from the gods those first ten years and if you’ve lived it you’ve experienced the purpose of being born. Pass it on!

Dozens of Former State Legislators Endorse Matt Dunne for Governor

Burlington, VT – Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for Governor, today received endorsements from more than three dozen former state legislators, including dozens of people Matt served with during the eleven years he spent in the House and Senate. Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of endorsements Matt is receiving as more and more Vermonters join in support of his candidacy for Governor. It is the first of three endorsement announcements that will be made this week, including from additional past and sitting state legislators.
“I’m honored to have the support of such a respected, experienced group of Vermonters” said Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for Governor. “Serving alongside these individuals was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. Those 11 years inform my worldview and my campaign, and give me confidence that our progressive vision is not only a possibility, but also exactly the kind of policy Vermont needs. Together, with the backing of this esteemed group of Vermonters, we’re running a campaign to make the economy work for everyone.”
Today, Matt was endorsed by:
Former Senators:  Mary Ann Carlson from Bennington County, Matt Choate from Caledonia County, Don Collins from Franklin County, Hinda Miller from Chittenden County, and Cheryl Rivers from Windsor County.
And by Former Representatives: Sandy Baird from Burlington, Joyce Barbieri from Wallingford, Chuck Bohi from Hartford, Carol Buchdahl from Georgia, Jack Candon from Norwich, Diane Carmolli from Rutland City, Andrew Christiansen from East Montpelier, Wendell Coleman from Londonderry, Michel Consejo from Swanton, Thomas Costello from Brattleboro, Barbara Grimes from Burlington, Christopher Healy from Norwich, Steve Hingtgen from Burlington, Cheryl Hooker from Rutland City, Margaret Hummel from Underhill, Michael Klopchin from Clarendon, Alysia Krasnow Butler from Charlotte, Jerry Kreitzer from Rutland City, Doris Lingelbach from Thetford, Mary Mazzariello from Rutland City, Michael McCarthy from St. Albans, Donny Osman from Plainfield,  Mary-Ann Parizo from Essex, Kathy Pellett from Chester, Daryl Pillsbury from Brattleboro, Dexter Randall from Newport, Ann Seibert from Norwich, Ernest Shand from Weathersfield, Andrew Snyder from Pittsford, Bob Stannard from Manchester, Perry Waite from Pawlett, Linda Waite-Simpson from Essex, and Jeff Young from St. Albans.
“Matt and I co-sponsored universal healthcare legislation in the early 1990s, because we share the belief that healthcare is a human right,” said Andrew Christiansen, a former State Representative from East Montpelier. “That policy priority is as relevant today as it was back then, maybe even more so. Matt has the experience and the leadership skills to make universal healthcare a reality in Vermont, which is why I’m proud to back him for Governor.”
Mike Klopchin, a former State Representative from Clarendon, said: “I am supporting Matt because I appreciate the open and honest conversations he had with fellow legislative members in committees and on the house floor. Many of those conversations were joining me and others in fighting to support veterans when they return home from war. As a veteran myself, I appreciate his support of the vets.”
“I am thrilled to throw my support behind Matt Dunne in his campaign for Governor of Vermont. I served with Matt in the Vermont State House from 1999-2000, and was impressed from day one by his grasp of the issues and his ability to work with all the differing viewpoints and personalities in the building,” said Alysia Krasnow Butler, a former State Representative from Charlotte. “I’ve watched his career from afar and continue to be impressed by his commitment to Vermonters and the issues that are most important to them, while looking to the future for his children’s generation. I have told all of my Vermont relatives and friends to support Matt in this election. He truly is the best person to lead Vermont forward”
Charles Bohi, a former State Representative from Hartford said: “I urge Vermont voters to support Matt Dunne for governor in the Democratic primary on August 9. One of the biggest problems facing Vermont is the need for robust economic development to create jobs that will allow our young people to stay here. Because of his long years working for Google, Matt Dunne has had unique exposure to this new form of communication. He also has been ‘present at the creation’ of many technical innovations that are essential for Vermont’s continued economic growth. For that reason, I hope that Vermont voters will nominate and elect Matt Dunne to the governor’s office.”
Last month, Matt was endorsed by the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO, the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA), a majority of the Burlington City Council, Rights & Democracy and the Upper Valley Young Liberals.
To learn more about Matt and his progressive vision for Vermont, please visitwww.MattDunne.com