During my 14 year tenure as a Representative in the State House I was a leading environmental legislator. In 2008, I was recognized by the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) as one of the top environmental legislators. A few areas where I was influential: When the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee "compromised" a few years ago to have the highest wind energy tax in the country, the environmental lobbyists came to me at 8 in the morning and by that evening we had reduced the tax by nearly 50% through a coalition of political pressure that I put together. I have been involved with many environmental bills over the years, from sustainable agriculture, to tire deposit legislation, to renewable energy issues and expanding the bottle bill. I believe I had a 100% VPIRG voting record.