July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

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Greener-Than-Thou Vermont Accused of Exporting Its Energy Problems

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was “in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources.” But the state is likely on the verge of a big increase in the use of fracked gas from Canada. The aging Vermont Yankee nuclear plant closed in December after much cajoling by Shumlin and others. But the state is still getting significant nuclear power from the Seabrook station in New Hampshire. Its largest utility, Green Mountain Power, gets 9% of its mix from Seabrook, company spokeswoman Kristin Carlson said. Environmentalists were elated

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