Governor Jim Douglas today reaffirmed Vermont s role as a leading voice on national climate policy and a champion of energy consumers by signing on to the newly formed 30-state Governors Climate Coalition, which will work with Congress to find common ground for a comprehensive national energy strategy and climate change action.The Governor, who takes over chairmanship of the National Governors Association in July, praised the gamut of states from across that country who signed on to the Coalition. These states have been leaders on the green front promoting renewable and clean energy, creating jobs and taking concrete steps to address climate change, the Governor said. The Governors Climate Coalition is in an important position to assist the federal government as it builds out a national energy policy that creates jobs and protects consumers and the environment. For too long the states like Vermont have had to fill the void left by federal in-action on national climate policy, Douglas said.Vermont was the first state in the nation to sign on to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the first state to mandate that revenue from the sale of its carbon emission allowances be used to improve energy efficiency and benefit consumers. I will be working to ensure that any federal legislation enacted is consistent with our RGGI goals and doesn t negatively impact states like Vermont, the Governor said. Vermont is the greenest state in the nation and we enjoy some of the lowest power rates in the region. To the extent possible, a cap and trade system should recognize and reward the effort of Vermont consumers who have achieved the lowest carbon footprint in the nation, the Governor said. Likewise, promoting efficiency is a winning path to job creation, cost savings and helps make Vermonters lives more affordable, the Governor added. In the end, a successful comprehensive energy strategy will have to reflect states needs and efforts while guiding a national course that protects the environment, industry and consumers.Coalition governors agreed on two underlying tenets which Douglas said will help guide the national debate over the proposed Waxman-Markey legislation now before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Attached is the Governor s Climate Coalition statement of principles.Founding Coalition states and territories include: Vermont, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Guam, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.Source: Governor’s Office.
Northwest Pony Club Camp 2013 By Lawrence SmythThe Northwest Pony Club, which is affiliated to the National Irish Pony Club (IPC), held its annual camp last week at its unique location at Cruit Island, in Co Donegal. The camp, which catered for 30 young people with their ponies and horses, was a tremendous success.Participants had the opportunity of improving their horsemanship skills and education in Dressage, Show Jumping, Cross Country, Riding and Road Safety, and Stable Management. On the final day of camp IPC examinations were conducted and examined at D, D Plus, and C grades. Rudy Schneider, District Commissioner (DC), said that from thanked the parents for their support in organising and running the camp. The great strength of the club, he said, lies in the excellent assistance and encouragement of parents. Rudy paid tribute to Denis Greene, Assistant DC, Moira Greene, Secretary, and Edward McFadden, Treasurer.The instructors at camp were: Patricia Warren, Killult Stables, Rachel Carton, Rathmullan, Geraldine Porter, Burt, and Daniel Lusby, Lifford, and Jane Patterson, Killygordin. Patricia, Geraldine, and Daniel, who are IPC Examiners, conducted the examinations on behalf of the Irish Pony Club, Co Kilkenny.Traditionally, for many years, the Northwest Pony Club did cross country jumping at Culdooey, Cruit Island. The jumps at Kildooey were maliciously damaged on the night before the camp started. However, parents united and quickly built a temporary cross country course at another location.Those who passed the D Plus and Road Safety Examinations are: Abbie Rodgers, who passed her exams after being a member of the club for just one week (Mum, Angela must be very proud of her), Orlaith McFadden, daughter of Edward and Siobhan, Gweedore, Conor Hunter, son of Seamus and Karen, Maghery, Dungloe, and Poppy Debney, daughter of Shaun and Emily, Meencorwick, Annagry. The five riders who passed the C Test and Road Safety exams are: Dean McLaughlin, son of Noel and Mary, Maghery, Tierney Gallagher, daughter of Neil and Debbie, Meenbanad, Aine and Patrick Hunter, whose parents are Seamus and Karen, Maghery, and Caoimhe Greene, daughter of Pete and Máire, Dungloe. EQUESTRIAN: SUCCESS AT THE NORTH WEST PONY CLUB CAMP was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EQUESTRIAN: SUCCESS AT THE NORTH WEST PONY CLUB CAMP