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Posted on April 25, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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MOLLY BABBIN, RIGHT, makes the case for a Vermont Green New Deal last Friday evening at Middlebury’s Mead Chapel. Babbin, a Middlebury College student and member of Sunrise Middlebury, stands with Olivia Sommers, left, and Leif Taranta. The town hall meeting was the first of several scheduled around the state that seek community input on strategies for fighting climate change while creating good jobs. Below, Omar Valencia connects the environment, immigration and climate change during the meeting. Independent photos/Christopher Ross

MIDDLEBURY — The Green New Deal is getting a Green Mountain twist.

Middlebury College students are drafting a “joint resolution supporting a State Green New Deal and associated legislative and public policy proposals related to climate change and social justice,” which they hope will get introduced in the General Assembly early next year.

The Green Mountain version of the Green New Deal is every bit as transformative as the federal version introduced Feb. 7 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

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