10-19-16 – Transportation RGGI Is A Gas Tax

by John McClaughry

I was leafing through my old Vermont Digger comments the other day and found this one in December 2015 about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for transportation fuels, nine months before Sue Minter embraced it:

Advocate Gina Campoli: “One thing this is not about is a gas tax,” she said. “This is about looking reasonably at market-based solutions like a cap-and-trade program like we already have for electricity.”

Why can’t these people stop themselves from lying? Of course it’s a gas tax, to drain dollars from gasoline and diesel powered drivers to subsidize electric vehicles, charging stations, and who knows what else. Since California is using its sale of “allowances” to support passenger rail – its fantastically expensive high speed train from Bakersfield to Merced – maybe Vermont will use its new gas tax swag to haul the teeming masses by heavily subsidized rail from Rutland to Burlington, if there are any.

One of the (few) arguments for an ideal carbon tax is that it allows scrapping all those complicated and corruption-prone cap and trade schemes. But now the transportation sector people hatch their own new cap and trade scheme to make sure that their sector gets more of the carbon-fuel tax dollars, which otherwise would go to home insulators and the renewable industrial complex that’s funding the current carbon tax push.

What we are seeing is a climate change feeding frenzy to force Vermonters to supply many more millions – $500 million a year by 2027 in the carbon tax bill – to finance every scheme for defeating “climate change” that can get its foot in the revenue door.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jim Bulmer October 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Back to horse and buggies!!!! Is everybody happy?????


Donna Camber October 23, 2016 at 8:58 pm

The NEK never has had any consideration. Our school buses , cars and trucks don’t run on air. Maybe Montpelier or Washington has no problem getting around on mass transport but towns are few and far between up here. Maybe the Teachers Union should get involved. No buses,no kids, no teachers needed. Home schooling is looking good to me.


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