11-4-16 – VPIRG’s Pre-Election Push for Carbon Tax

by Rob Roper

VPIRG and its Energy Independent Vermont (EIV) coalition are making a final push for the Carbon Tax before election screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-5-02-22-pmday. The EIV campaign is urging Vermonters to sign a petition titled, “It’s Time To Tax Carbon Pollution.” Names of the signers will presumably be used as a lobbying tool to convince legislators to support the Carbon Tax when the new session begins in January 2017.

As such, it is worth looking at the VPIRG legislative score cards from the past few cycles to see which legislators are doing this influential organization’s bidding. In 2011-2012, eighty-nine Vermont Legislators had a 100% voting record on VPIRG priority issues. In 2009-2010 there were one hundred six.

Project Vote Smart chronicles these records going back to 1998. Take a look.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute. 

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Jim Bulmer November 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

The simple solution to blocking a carbon tax is to give the 89 legislators voting with VPIRG a permanent vacation on Nov. 8. VOTE these guys OUT!!!


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