4-15-15 – Legislature “Laying the Groundwork” for Carbon Tax in 2016

Posted by Rob Roper 

Republican members of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee warned members of their caucus on Tuesday that their committee was preparing to spring a Carbon Tax on Vermont as soon as 2016.

Rep. Mike Hebert (R-Vernon) explained, “What we’re doing right now is laying the groundwork for next year. I think we will see a Carbon Tax bill next year.”

The proposal discussed in the committee called for a $100 per metric ton tax on carbon emissions, which works out to roughly $1.00 per gallon of gasoline.

According to Hebert, proponents tax who testified before the committee did not look into the impact of such a tax on employment in Vermont. “We asked basic questions, like how many gallons of diesel [fuel] are used on farms,” said Hebert. “They had no clue.” Hebert looked up the data for himself and found that the number is about 7 million gallons per year. “So, that would mean somewhere between $6.3 million and $7 million on our farmers.” That number was just for farm work, and did not include transportation or other uses.

Rep. Tom Burditt (R-Rutland) described what this tax would mean for his small landscaping business. According to Burditt, he uses roughly 2500 gallons of gasoline per year. The tax, would mean $2500 coming directly out of his pocket. In addition, Burditt said that he used 700-800 gallons of fuel oil for heat. The total carbon tax hit on his income would be well over $3000.

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Ned Dubois April 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

As this tax is a tax on the people of only Vermont, and the air that is being affected is the world’s air, then Vermont’s part of the 7 billion people of the world is 100 parts per million, not too much. Consider that Vermont has little or no heavy industry to add to that equation, this is hardly a Global statement but $1.00 per gallon is huge. Let’s see, how many ways can we figure out how to chase tax payers out of Vermont.
When everyone in the world takes an equal share then perhaps the cost of such a tax would not be so steep. Is that going to happen, not likely. These “representatives” have the notion to call themselves Republicans? The “Vermont First” message for health care put us at least 100 million in the hole and then was abandoned, and these fools want to do the same with a Carbon Tax, give me a break. This smacks of anti-separationist, let me instruct you how to believe because I know best and you need to follow my lead.
If, on the other hand, they considered a small step in a World Carbon Tax by putting a line into the State Income tax for a voluntary contribution then that would be a bit more Republican like.

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jim bulmer April 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Carbon tax? Now I can sleep nights. These clowns are great at spending other peoples’ money. Solution to this stupidity? Vote them OUT in November 2016 before they can do any more damage. If they keep going, there will be no one left to support their endless tax and spend agenda.

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Ron Deming April 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

I’m not sure I heard the statement correctly but was this proposed by a Republican?
I thought Republicans stayed together like Democrats always do!! We are definitely the minority party in this state. No new taxes and specifically not a carbon tax. We have to get to a point that we can establish that global warming is tied to CO2. I have not seen any recent data. For the last 15 years there has been no increase in temperature but an increase in CO2. If only Vermont is going to vote this in what impact does it have on neighboring states like NY NH Mass, Canada etc. Are the CO2 levels going to go down only in Vermont and not other places. Who comes up with these crazy ideas. A $1.00 additional cost on Gasoline and heating fuel to every household is going to drive people away from this state. We have already seen what being 1st in Health Care has cost up; millions of dollars and nothing to show for it. Where is common sense? Good grief….

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