Global Warming Sen. Bernie Sanders says the warmest year on record in the United States and in Vermont has persuaded him it's time to get serious about climate change. The independent lawmaker says he plans to introduce legislation that would include a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from the biggest polluters, more money for energy efficiency and clean energy research and development, the Rutland Herald, Brattleboro Reformer and Caledonian-Record reported.
Debt Clash The showdown over the nation's debt ceiling could force the government to consider drastic steps to manage its limited cash, including delaying trillions of dollars of payments to employees, Social Security recipients, contractors and others. The Obama administration has said it has no backup plan to pay the government's bills if Congress refuses to raise the $16.4 trillion federal borrowing limit. The White House said Saturday in a statement that "there are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills or it can fail to act and put the nation into default,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Water Bottle Ban UVM is the latest university to ban on-campus sales of bottled water. "Bottled water is a symbol of our culture's obsession with commodifying things that should be public trust resources," says Mikayla McDonald, a recent graduate, who helped launch the bottle ban campaign, NPR reported.
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