James Ehlers

James Ehlers Public Health and Environmental Advocate.

The wait is over! After four years, Senator Bray and 14 other senators are now leading our effort to ensure our governme...
02/17/2020

The wait is over! After four years, Senator Bray and 14 other senators are now leading our effort to ensure our government protects us, the people, not polluters!

Constitutional Amendment Proposal 9, our right to a clean environment, is on the calendar for this Friday at 11am in the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

Why is this important? When adopted all laws would then have to be vetted to ensure they would not violate our right to safe water, clean air, and healthy soil. Anything else would be unconstitutional!

Here is the link to the proposal:
https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/PR.9

Please send Senator Bray a short note offering your words of support and thanking him for leading on Prop 9 or leave him a message at 802.828.2228.

Direct notes to his Committee Assistant: [email protected]

Thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported me in this effort over the years.

We ARE the change!!

Yesterday, state representatives advanced, in a 6-5 vote, the lobbyists' and developers' attempts to make Vermont easier...
02/14/2020

Yesterday, state representatives advanced, in a 6-5 vote, the lobbyists' and developers' attempts to make Vermont easier to pave over. Ironically, eliminating local citizen input, as they have done, will now also make it more expensive for we the people if this bill advances any further. Sort of smells like Act 46. Most eviscerations do come with a stench.

Consolidating more power in a Montpelier bureaucracy has never worked out well for us. Look at what ANR has done to our public waters.

Fortunately, we have a friend in the Senate. Send [email protected] a note asking him: "Please, Senator, keep the democratic process alive, and include the VCE reforms in any future versions of the 250 bill. Thank you."

https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/suzanna-jones-the-gutting-of-act-250,597197

Calls/Emails Needed Today!!State of Vermont Spraying Pesticides Along Our RoadsIf you want our state, the State of Vermo...
02/13/2020
Bill Status H.256

Calls/Emails Needed Today!!

State of Vermont Spraying Pesticides Along Our Roads

If you want our state, the State of Vermont, to stop spraying poisons alongside our roads--poisons that eventually end up in our waters and soils--ask Chairman McCormack to take testimony on H.256 introduced by Representative Brian Cina.

Only takes a moment ... leave a message at 802.828.2228 or email [email protected] :

"Please take testimony on and pass H.256. We need your leadership, Chairman McCormack. Thank you."

Governor Phil Scott has ignored repeated requests to have his agencies stop spraying dangerous poisons and move to safe mechanical removal of weeds so now we must turn to the Legislative Branch.

Creating a better world is a team sport, and we all know many hands make light work. And it is in OUR hands.

Thank you in advance!

More background here:
https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.256

With gratitude in solidarity,
James

Please get this out to other Vermonters that care and even tourists who would prefer not to vacation in a state that relies on pesticides.

Although procedurally bills and resolutions are assigned to only one committee at a time, other committees may review the bill or resolution. This page contains results from both the assigned committee as well as other committees.

Next time a state politician gives us the excuse that it’s a “federal issue” share this thoroughly researched article wi...
02/09/2020
The great affordability crisis that is breaking America — The Atlantic

Next time a state politician gives us the excuse that it’s a “federal issue” share this thoroughly researched article with them—

“And though there are many nationwide policies that could end the crisis, they all seem unlikely to pass through the country’s broken Congress; the brightest glimmer of hope lies in housing and health-care policy by individual states.”

https://apple.news/ADMxQm4mfR5iZDLIAniGuvw

In one of the best decades the American economy has ever recorded, families were bled dry.

What are our legislative leaders doing to address this threat? Not much. Leave a message at 802.828.2228 for the Speaker...
02/07/2020
Union of Concerned Scientists

What are our legislative leaders doing to address this threat? Not much.

Leave a message at 802.828.2228 for the Speaker

Leave a message at 802.828.3333 for the Governor

We are the change.

More than half of waterborne disease outbreaks occur after heavy rains, as water purification infrastructure can't keep up with the volume. With the Trump administration relaxing requirements for proper sewage infrastructure, it's not getting better anytime soon.

Phone Messages and Emails Needed​“As new data emerges, cyanotoxin levels are becoming an increasing concern in public wa...
02/05/2020

Phone Messages and Emails Needed

​“As new data emerges, cyanotoxin levels are becoming an increasing concern in public water supplies. This report contains a review of related scientific and epidemiological findings, and demonstrates the need for a mandatory surveillance registry for ALS in the State of Vermont.”
—Cyanobacterial Toxin Exposure And the Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in Vermont, A Proposal for a Mandatory State Registry

If you want our state, the State of Vermont, to establish an ALS Registry so we can find a cure, ask Chairman Lippert to take testimony on H.258.

Only takes a moment ... send a note to [email protected] :

"Please take testimony on and pass H.258 without further delay. We need your leadership, Chairman Lippert, to help us protect ourselves and our families and support the doctors searching for a cure for this horrible disease. Thank you."

Governor Phil Scott’s Department of Health has denied requests from doctors to establish a registry so now we must turn to the Legislative Branch.

Creating a better world is a team sport, and we all know many hands make light work. And it is in OUR hands.

Thank you in advance!

More background here:
https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.258

With gratitude in solidarity,
James Ehlers

Please get this out to other Vermonters that care, to medical professionals, and families anywhere who have suffered from the cruel disease—ALS.

CALLS NEEDED TODAY and TOMORROW802.828.2228Sh*t Flows Downhill and, in Vermont, Downstream ... ... and it is getting wor...
01/23/2020

CALLS NEEDED TODAY and TOMORROW
802.828.2228

Sh*t Flows Downhill and, in Vermont, Downstream ...

... and it is getting worse. The numbers from last year are in from Lake Champlain International, the only organization tracking the travesty and consistently calling for change.

Sewage Diversions By Year
2019: 212
2018: 164
2017: 183
2016: 154

(Numbers prior to 2015 are not publicly available. We have self-reported numbers from 2016 forward because we had to pass a law to require the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources to notify us when are waters were being contaminated with human pathogens.)

Those numbers represent hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated human feces and urine mixed with gutter waste laced with animal excrement, heavy metals, and pesticides. Then, of course, it all mixes with the runoff from industrial agriculture's hundreds of millions of gallons of livestock waste and Casella's poisonous landfill leachate.

Why is it getting worse? Bureaucrats and, ironically, climate-change denying politicians will blame it on the rain. We all know rain doesn't cause pollution. Inadequately regulated development overseen by trickle-down politicians and insufficient infrastructure are the causes.

Who are the worst offenders? Rutland and Montpelier, by far. Rounding out the top five are St. Albans, Burlington, and Middlebury.

When will it change? When we change our expectations of our public officials and government agencies.

If you, like me and many others, want to be the change, please leave a message for your representative at 802.828.2228:

" The Executive Branch is ignoring the 2011 Statewide Bacteria TMDL and Act 64, which mandated all new permits be issued accounting for no further degradation of water quality. Please uphold the law. Protect our waters. Protect our economy. Protect our health. Stop the flow of fecal matter into our drinking and recreational water. No more new permits for developers unless they pay the true costs. Invest in Vermont and Vermonters. Now. Thank you."

Need help finding your legislator? It's one click away--
https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/

Need support with the process? I am here for you. DM me.

Stay strong and take care of one another. We will fix this.

Solidarity.

James

Let’s make this happen. Sooner. Not later. We are the change.
01/22/2020
The Center for Public Integrity

Let’s make this happen. Sooner. Not later.

We are the change.

In 2018, we reported that three-fourths of survey respondents — including 66% of Republicans and 85% of Democrats — back a constitutional amendment outlawing Citizens United.

We Have a Right-To-Know When Our Own State and Towns Are Spraying Pesticides!Calls/Emails Needed Today!!If you want our ...
01/17/2020

We Have a Right-To-Know When Our Own State and Towns Are Spraying Pesticides!

Calls/Emails Needed Today!!

If you want our state, the State of Vermont, to notify us when they, power and rail corporations, and even our own towns are spraying poisons into our air and water, ask Chairwoman Partridge to take testimony on H.271 introduced by Representative Brian Cina.

Only takes a moment ... leave a message at 802.828.2228 or email [email protected] :

"Please take testimony on and pass H.271 without further delay. We need your leadership, Chairwoman Partridge, to help us protect ourselves and our families from these known poisons. Thank you."

Governor Phil Scott has ignored repeated requests to have his agencies notify us when they and others are spraying dangerous poisons so now we must turn to the Legislative Branch.

Creating a better world is a team sport, and we all know many hands make light work. And it is in OUR hands.

Thank you in advance!

More background here:
https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.271

With gratitude in solidarity,
James Ehlers

Please get this out to other Vermonters that care and even tourists who would prefer not to vacation in a state that won't let them know when they are being exposed to known carcinogens and other poisons. We already know whitetail deer are exhibiting birth defects associated with glyphosate, for example.

Calls/Emails Needed Today!!Safe swimming and healthy beaches!If you want the State of Vermont, in light of the increasin...
01/16/2020

Calls/Emails Needed Today!!

Safe swimming and healthy beaches!

If you want the State of Vermont, in light of the increasing pollution threats from fecal matter and cyanobacteria, to require reasonable testing of our beaches and swimming holes--ask Chairwoman Pugh to take testimony on H.264 introduced by Representative Brian Cina.

Only takes a moment ... leave a message at 802.828.2228 or email [email protected] :

"Please take testimony on and pass H.264. We need your leadership to protect our public health, Chairwoman Pugh. Thank you."

Governor Phil Scott has ignored repeated requests to have his agencies increase their oversight of our recreational waters to protect our public health so now we must turn to the Legislative Branch.

Creating a better world is a team sport, and we all know many hands make light work. And it is in OUR hands.

Thank you in advance!

More background here:
https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.264

With gratitude in solidarity,
James Ehlers

Please get this out to other Vermonters that care and even tourists who would prefer not to vacation in a state with contaminated, unsafe beaches.

“These violent delights have violent endsAnd in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which, as they kiss, consume.”—W...
01/16/2020
Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Armed Militias Threaten to Storm the Capitol

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which, as they kiss, consume.”
—William Shakespeare

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/939b3y/virginia-declares-state-of-emergency-after-armed-militias-threaten-to-storm-the-capitol

The governor said law enforcement had intercepted “extremist rhetoric” similar to the lead-up to Charlottesville days before pro-gun activists are holding a rally.

13 ways you can make our waters in Vermont safer. Will you help us pass one of these initiatives with your calls and ema...
01/11/2020

13 ways you can make our waters in Vermont safer.

Will you help us pass one of these initiatives with your calls and emails?

DM James Ehlers to join the team. He will help you every step of the way.

If you don’t care enough to act, who will?

We are the change.

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The latest pod! Cast for your listening pleasure...
01/09/2020
People's Voice Radio

The latest pod! Cast for your listening pleasure...

Our Nature with James Ehlers - Season 5 Episode 33 - Original Air Date: 01-08-20
Recently elected Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Heusen joins James this Wednesday, January 8th, at 2 pm to discuss his first 100 days in the role and the Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO legislative agenda for working people and our planet.
James is on the air, casting pods and streaming live every Wednesday at 2pm and taking your calls at 802.335.2565.
Our Nature with James Ehlers on People's Voice Radio, where chips are kindlin', not for shoulders.
Have a show guest idea or you would like to be a guest, send us an email at [email protected]. All are welcome.
https://peoplesvoiceradio.com/podcast/season-5-episode-33/

Human and Industrial Waste Spreading in Our CommunitiesWould you like to know when your town government or a local busin...
01/07/2020

Human and Industrial Waste Spreading in Our Communities

Would you like to know when your town government or a local business is spreading human fecal matter from septic tanks or sludge and its PFAS poisons from treatment plants on ballfields where our kids play or cornfields next to your favorite stream?

Representatives Brian Chia Cina, Selene Colburn, and Robin Chesnut-Tangerman think we should have the right to know when our air, soil, and water have the potential to be contaminated, and so do I.

If you agree that we have a right to know, please send a note to Chairwoman Sheldon today at [email protected] and ask her to take up H.261. Then send a note to your local representatives and ask them to let the chairwoman know this bill is important to you and your family.

Need help with the process? James Ehlers is here for you.

H.261 An act relating to public notice of land application of biosolids and septage
--Require WWTF land applying sludge to publicly notify affected communities via television and radio news broadcast, as well through internet news sites and social media.
https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.261

We are the change.

Recently elected Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen joins James this Wednesday, January 8th, at 2 pm to discuss ...
01/06/2020

Recently elected Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen joins James this Wednesday, January 8th, at 2 pm to discuss his first 100 days in the role and the Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO legislative agenda for working people and our planet.

Live streaming on People's Voice Radio. Listen at www.peoplesvoiceradio.com and join the conversation at 802.335.2565.

Our Nature with James Ehlers, where chips are for kindlin', not for shoulders.

Would you like to know when Vermont Rail and our own state and towns are spraying poisons that end up in our waters and ...
01/05/2020

Would you like to know when Vermont Rail and our own state and towns are spraying poisons that end up in our waters and in the air we breathe?

Representatives Cina, Colburn, and Tangerman think we do.

If you would like to know, send a note to today to your representative(s) and Chairwoman Sheldon ([email protected]) and ask them to support your right to know and “Support H. 271”! Today!

Here is the bill:
https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.271

Find your legislators here:
https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/

Need help with the process? I’m here for you.

H.271 An act relating to public notice of pesticide application under a right-of-way permit

•Municipal and State Pesticide-Usage Public Notification
----Require rail company, state agency, and/or utility to publicly notify affected communities via television and radio news broadcast, as well through internet news sites and social media, in advance, during, and after application of all pesticides

Glad to see this. Very glad. As it has been rightly said, the world can provide for everyone’s need but not everyone’s g...
01/03/2020
Can food banks put an end to hunger if their biggest donors are the cause of the hunger?

Glad to see this. Very glad.

As it has been rightly said, the world can provide for everyone’s need but not everyone’s greed.

I am hopeful.

We are the change.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90430262/can-food-banks-put-an-end-to-hunger-if-their-biggest-donors-are-the-cause-of-the-hunger

A new wave of activist food banks are starting to try to put themselves out of business, by working on issues like minimum wage and rent control in an effort to fix the underlying problems that cause hunger.

Hiding the impacts of the trickledown economy Further evidence, as if it were needed, that politics of right and left ar...
12/27/2019
Trump Administration Removes Federal Database That Tracked Pollution

Hiding the impacts of the trickledown economy

Further evidence, as if it were needed, that politics of right and left are meant to distract us from the policies of the rich waging a silent war on the rest of us.

TOXMAP, an interactive map that used various sources to track toxic pollution across the U.S., disappeared from the internet this month.

It's here and will have to hold you over until after the New Year since we're off the next two weeks! Enjoy!
12/19/2019
People's Voice Radio

It's here and will have to hold you over until after the New Year since we're off the next two weeks! Enjoy!

Our Nature with James Ehlers - Season 5 Episode 32
Original Air Date: 12-18-19
How do we succeed in life? Why by climbing our mountains AND helping others do the same, of course. Literally and figuratively.
Nepal's and Vermont's Ongyel Sherpa, founder of US Sherpa, joins Our Nature this week. Tune in for this inspirational story of how we can all reach our highest goals--our own personal Everest--when we work together for people and planet.
James is on the air, casting pods and streaming live every Wednesday at 2pm and taking your calls at 802.335.2565.
Our Nature with James Ehlers on People's Voice Radio, where chips are kindlin', not for shoulders.
Have a show guest idea or you would like to be a guest, send us an email at [email protected]. All are welcome.
https://peoplesvoiceradio.com/podcast/season-5-episode-32/

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Please send a thank you note! Our Right to a Clean Environment -- Constitutional Amendment, Prop 9 has been introduced!
Thank you for letting us know about this.
James, what i your take on the recent gun bills in Montpelier?