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John B. Kassel
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John B. Kassel has been President of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) since 2009. He brings over 25 years of legal and policy experience to the job of leading the premier region-wide environmental problem-solving organization in New England. Prior to joining CLF he was co-founder and co-managing partner of Shems Dunkiel Kassel & Saunders, a mission-driven Vermont-based law firm, and was Secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, a cabinet-level position in the administration of Gov. Howard Dean, after joining the agency previously as its General Counsel. His legal practice includes service as a state criminal prosecutor and commercial litigator; his volunteer experience includes board and other service with many organizations dedicated to community and environmental health. Kassel grew up in Middletown, New York, and has lived in Vermont for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, and received his law degree from Cornell. He and his wife, Julie Campoli, enjoy hiking, backcountry skiing, kayaking and general adventuring throughout New England and beyond, as well as domestic pleasures like gardening and caring for their landscape at home in Vermont.

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Curbing Methane Emissions Needs to Be the Law of the Land

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Earlier this week, the White House held the last in a series of roundtable discussions on reducing methane emissions across the United States. I was one of five environmental leaders invited to attend, alongside industry and labor heads, regulators, and policymakers. President Obama's foresight in calling together this diverse group...

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Putting the Brakes on Natural Gas

(20) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Throughout New England, exuberance for natural gas is on the rise, with numerous proposals clamoring for new pipelines and power plants in the region. Here's why that excitement is problematic, for our health, our economy and, particularly, our climate.

Although cheap natural gas is closing dirtier coal plants in New...

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For the Sake of Cod, Stand With Us

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:43 PM

A few weeks ago my colleague Peter Shelley stood in front of fishermen and policymakers and spoke about the startling decline of New England's cod fishery. Did you know that, since 1982, it's estimated we have lost more than 80% of the cod in New England's ocean? That surely should...

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Natural Gas Leaks: A Risky Business in Need of a Fix

(27) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 12:19 PM

A few weeks ago, Springfield, Mass., was rocked by a natural gas explosion that destroyed a building, ruined a city block, and was hailed as a miracle because no lives were lost.

The pipelines that lie below our communities, always out of sight, came suddenly came into focus. The explosion...

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Environmentalists for Gun Control

(14) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:07 PM

This is a family time of year, when many families come together and enjoy love, comfort and tradition. But we cannot embrace the joy of family this year without feeling a small portion of the immeasurable pain of the families in Newtown, Conn., -- or the enormous agony that is...

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Generation to Generation; Crisis to Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Fifty years ago last week the world was gripped by the Cuban Missile Crisis, then unfolding. It was the low point, perhaps, of the cold war, a several-decade period in which hundreds of millions of people got used to the idea that absolute, global catastrophe could be just 20 minutes...

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Why We Need to Fight for Cape Wind. Now.

(21) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 9:44 AM

11 years. That's how long we've been waiting for the promise of Cape Wind: clean, renewable energy; new, green jobs; reduced air emissions and carbon pollution; energy at a predictable price over the long-term; and energy security. At a time when the evidence of global warming is overwhelming, and the...

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