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The Ethan Allen Institute is Vermont’s free-market public policy research and education organization. A “think tank.” Founded in 1993, we are one of fifty-plus similar but independent state-level, public policy organizations around the country which exchange ideas and information through the State Policy Network.


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    Commentary: Affordable Heating Act: Legal Construction Prioritized Over Unanswered Questions

    Last Thursday, the Vermont Senate Natural Resources Committee continued its efforts to structure the Affordable Heating Act (“AHA”) so that it would meet legal requirements and be enforceable. Despite Ethan Allen Institute estimates of a surcharge on heating fuel of as much as $4.00 per gallon which will unravel implementation of the AHA, the Committee continues to seek advice on how to prevent the program from being opposed on legal grounds.

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    California Truckers vs. Unions

    Will Swaim has an article in National Review that alarms me. It’s about the state of California driving out independent truckers. This is especially relevant for me because 41 years ago I wrote candidate Ronald Reagan’s speech to an independent truckers convention in Illinois.

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    Germany’s Coming Electricity Shortfall

    Here’s  an important headline from Die Welt, a leading German newspaper.  “Energy Transition Farce Continues in Germany: Regulators, fearing power outages, announce plans to ration power for environmentally friendly, state-promoted electric vehicles and heat pump.”

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    Commentary: Clean Heat Standard: Fatal Flaws Now Appear

    The Clean Heat Standard is dead. That’s not to say that S.5 won’t become law, because it will. But the fatal flaws in the policy which will prevent its implementation became very clear this past week. The primary flaws are excessive upfront cost and resulting non-compliance. It is good that the policy will eventually collapse. But until that time, it will prevent us from reaching critical climate targets and it will punish low and middle income Vermonters for the rest of this decade.

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