News January 28

Senator Sanders

Wind Power Sen. Bernie Sanders called a news conference on Monday to outline his opposition to a moratorium on wind power projects on Vermont’s mountain ridges, The Associated Press, Vermont Public Radio and WPTZ-TV reported. Sanders plans to introduce legislation in Washington to boost investments in wind and other renewable energy. LINK, LINK, VIDEO

Global Warming Sen. Sanders plans to propose a tax on fossil fuels modeled on Alaska's "fee and dividend" oil royalty rebates to state residents, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Sanders’ bill. “We have not proposed and have no intention of proposing a carbon tax.” LINK

Media Monopolies The Federal Communications Commission may ease a 1975 ban on mergers between a TV station and newspaper in the nation’s top-20 television markets. Sen. Sanders opposes the proposed rules change. “A vibrant democracy is not going to survive unless we have a vibrant media where we have different points of view and where it is owned by different segments of our society,” Sanders said during a forum last Thursday hosted by the USC Annenberg Center and the New America Foundation. LINK

World

Egypt Declares State of Emergency President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major cities on Sunday, as escalating violence in the streets threatened his government and Egypt’s democracy, The New York Times reported. LINK

National

Senators Offer Immigration Plan A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire, The New York Times reported. LINK

Vermont

Irene Recovery Vermont took one more step on its long road to recovery Saturday as federal, state and local officials opened the Bartonsville Covered Bridge to traffic. Gov. Peter Shumlin, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, and more than 100 people showed up on a very cold morning to recognize all of the work that has gone into replacing the original, historic Bartonsville Covered Bridge which was swept in the flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, the Brattleboro Reformer reported. LINK