Michael Bielawski - Watchdog.org

Michael Bielawski is a freelance reporter for Vermont Watchdog. A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Bielawski has been writing articles for various publications in and around New York City, Seoul in South Korea, and Vermont for ten years. He’s a staff writer at the Hardwick Gazette, keeping track of rising school budgets and rural Vermont issues. He likes to write about energy and the environment, looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home he’s busy looking after two little boys, and during free, time loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films on Netflix. He can be reached at [email protected]

Minter, Scott anything but a carbon copy on carbon tax

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Republican Phil Scott promises to veto a carbon tax. Democrat Sue Minter says she’ll decide later.

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Skeptical residents engage with Zuckerman on wind project

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor David Zuckerman ventured into politically unfriendly territory to hear residents’ concerns and frustrations about the Swanton Wind project.

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Wind turbines have Grafton property owners fearing for their homes

By   /  October 14, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Property owners in Grafton fear that the Stiles Brook Wind Project will have a devastating impact on their homes, lives and dreams in Vermont.

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Ethan Allan Institute takes carbon tax warning to rural Vermont community

By   /  October 14, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Ethan Allen Institute, a policy think-tank based in Montpelier, has issued radio ads and is hosting town hall forums on why a carbon tax would be bad for Vermont.

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Vermont attorney general candidate calls for statewide ethics reform

By   /  October 11, 2016  /  Accountability, News, Vermont  /  No Comments


Republican candidate for attorney general Deborah Bucknam is calling for statewide ethics reforms to bring Vermont into line with other states on matters of government accountability.

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Rutland neighbors ask state board to cancel approval of solar farm

By   /  October 7, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Open Records, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Neighbors in Rutland have asked the Public Service Board to cancel the Cold River solar project, saying an undisclosed beneficial ownership agreement between Green Mountain Power and groSolar voids the project’s certificate of public good.

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