Thanks to Janis for this one.

“Vermont is poised to become the first U.S. state to ban the natural gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Vermont legislature has sent a measure imposing the ban to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is expected to sign it into law. “ Democracy Now, May 10, 2012.

Vermont is famous for being responsible to the needs of the citizens, but that cannot happen unless the citizens are willing to study the issues and make wise decisions, discuss them without playing “games,” of power or denial or dismissal — and then back up the decisions via their elected officials. Anyone can participate in this process, and if we don’t we need to avoid thinking of ourselves as good citizens of a free and progressive America.


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