9:01 AM EDT Aug 03, 2016
COLCHESTER, Vt. --The Democratic debate was moderated by Vermont PBS producer Joe Merone, who posed some general questions, as well as others submitted by viewers.
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Vermont PBS’s producer Joe Merone moderated the debate. He asked questions about the economy, health care, education, and also shared some viewer questions sent in last week.
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Matt Dunne said working with Vermonters to promote green energy projects -- like wind and solar -- remains a top priority.
“We need to make sure there is community involvement and we need to make sure we have a chance to reach out to those communities and make sure they feel that they have a voice,” Dunne said.
Cris Ericson used much of her talking time express her frustrations with the state party.
"The Vermont Democratic Party leadership has conspired to exclude me from the majority of debates and forums,” Ericson said.
Peter Galbraith returned to the topic of environmental infrastructure, calling out opponents Minter and Dunne for supporting wind projects.
"I am opposed to new industrial wind projects on Vermont's ridge lines. And I will take -- will use all the powers of the governor of Vermont to stop these projects,” Galbraith said.
Sue Minter zeroed in on climate change, citing her experience responding to Hurricane Irene.
"I am going to move forward to reach our renewable energy goals -- 90 percent renewable by 2050,” Minter said.
And H. Brooke Page called for a moratorium on the Ball Industrial wind projects.
"I think it's sad that we've decided to spoil our ridge line and our meadows and fields for projects that in the end increase our carbon footprint,” Paige said.
Vermont's primary is Aug. 9. Voters must be registered by Wednesday.
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