EQUAL TIME is where Vermonters talk about issues ignored by the corporate media—mothers opposing toxic pollution, workers fighting for decent jobs, nurses working for health care reform, students speaking out about their education, farmers struggling against corporate agribusiness, and more.

Should We Divest Pensions from Fossil Fuels for Financial Reasons?

Michael H. Dworkin, Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and past chair of the Public Service Board, makes a case that their are strong financial reasons for the Vermont Pension Investment Committee to divest from fossil fuels. Based on a rigorous study of current and likely future financial trends, Michael believes that divestment would reduce portfolio risk and protect retirees' futures. The world price of crude oil has crashed, natural gas prices are very low, and coal prices have fallen.

Campaign to Raise Up Vermont

Issac Grimm, an organizer for Rights & Democracy, and John Moran, a former State Representative for Windham-Bennington and co-chair of the Legislative Working Vermonter's Caucus, discuss the Campaign to Raise Up Vermont. They are working with partner organizations to raise job standards for workers and their families, organizing a grassroots movement calling on lawmakers to: