3-21-16 – Chair of Senate Energy Says Carbon Tax Next Year (After the Election)

by Rob Roper

Senator Chris Bray (D-Addison) was a guest on the Open Mike Show this past Friday and was asked point blank, “Are we going to pass a Carbon Tax this year?”

Bray answered with confidence, no, not this year, but….

“Some folks wanted to start the conversation by getting a couple of bills introduced this year, and I suspect we will see something like that introduced again next session and we take a look at a Carbon Tax,” said Bray.

Bray’s comments echo earlier comments by his House counterpart, Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), who said admitted, “It won’t be [in 2016], because you don’t do that in an election year.” (Climate Wire)

The Carbon Tax Klein’s House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy has been exploring would ultimately be a $500 million annual tax on gasoline, diesel, home heating fuel, natural gas, propane, and butane. It would add an additional 88¢ to the cost of a gallon of gasoline with similar increases for the other products.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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