100 Lbs. of Manure in Less Than 20 Words

December 31, 2019

by Rob Roper

Commenting on David Van Deusen’s, the president of the Vermont AFL-CIO, article condemning the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) as regressive and anti-worker, John McCormack, founder of the Louise Diamond Committee to Protect Next Generations, wrote:

“Yes, TCI increases gas price while providing off-budget funds for transportation options without increasing State taxes.”

Uh… yeah.

Get used to this level of obfuscation and disinformation over the next couple of months as advocates push for this latest version of a Carbon Tax, which will add as much as 17 cents per gallon to gasoline and diesel purchases.

Let’s translate:

“Off budget funds” – A tax that politicians don’t want to call a tax. The way TCI works is a private organization, authorized by participating states, will force motor fuel suppliers to buy “carbon credits” for gas and diesel they sell above some determined amount. This artificial cost (eg. 17 cents a gallon) gets passed along to the customer (you) and comes out of your wallet — just like a tax. The money raised from selling these carbon credits is the redistributed by TCI into the treasuries of participating states – just like a tax. From here, the money gets spent on government projects – just like a tax. In case this isn’t clear, TCI is a tax.

“Transportation options” – Pet political projects, in this case the subsidization of some individuals electric vehicle purchases, municipal purchases of electric busses, etc, and building electric vehicle charging stations. In a nutshell, this is where government forces you, every time you fill up the ten year old pick-up truck you use for work, to help pay for the environmental lawyer down the street’s new Prius.

“Without increasing State taxes.” – As noted above, this is a tax. It is a government imposed cost on a product, paid for by the consumer with the money that goes into the state treasury to be spent on state projects. That’s a tax. Specifically, this is a Carbon Tax — a tax imposed for the specific purpose of reducing carbon emissions. Politicians and activists telling you anything else – and there will be plenty – are not honest.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute. 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Roger Joslin December 31, 2019 at 4:34 pm

These people are a bunch of idiots. 1st and foremost, CO2 does not cause climate change. They just want state government to get bigger and bigger.


William Hays January 4, 2020 at 3:58 pm

I have never had a chocolate ‘creamee’ and it is off of my “bucket list” now.


Steve Hearne January 4, 2020 at 8:45 pm

How do you keep warm and defrost the windows in those electric cars? With 1000 lbs. or more of batteries shouldn’t they be required to have hazardous material placards displayed on all sides and have to stop at all rail road crossings? They must be real fun to drive at -20* below zero.


sheppy14 January 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

Not only don’t they want to call it a tax – they don’t want you to know where the $$ goes either. It’s another part of the shell game that the administration plays with our tax dollars.


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