4-29-16 – Proponents Will Say/Do Anything to Get Their Carbon Tax

by Rob Roper

The pro-Carbon Tax PR offensive continues, and it appears all tactics are on the table. Vermont Watchdog reports that several names of businesses used by Energy Independent Vermont in support of what would be a half billion dollar a year levy on gasoline, home heating fuel, etc. were not legitimately obtained. Many of the businesses cited as supporters of the tax, in fact, do not support it and never signed onto the EIV petition.

One example cited by Watchdog:

Shari Voghell, owner of Corner Frame Shop and Gallery in Randolph, said she didn’t know her business was on the list until Watchdog contacted her Tuesday. “I’m not sure these two (canvassers) were the ones that got our business on the list, but I don’t recall giving permission to use our name,” she said.

This comes after it was revealed that the names of several Vermont citizens were similarly misused in a November press conference in which the names of constituents supposedly in support of the Carbon Tax were mailed to their representatives.

A recent Op-Ed by Newt Garland, a prominent Carbon Tax advocate, that is now making the rounds says the goal of the tax is to “First, reduce personal consumption. Second, convince others to reduce consumption. Third, convince the power structure to adopt and institute policies that make consumption of fossil fuels uneconomic to users.”

Think about that. Their goal is to make driving to work, heating your home, transporting goods and services, etc. “uneconomic.” And then they say this will somehow be good for the economy?

Garland cites Dr. James Hansen, whom he calls “perhaps the nation’s most pre-eminent climate scientist,” to lend credence to claims that a Carbon Tax is necessary to save the planet. Ironically, back in 1988, Hansen predicted that in 20 years, “’The West Side Highway [which runs along the Hudson River] will be under water,’ Hansen claimed. ‘And there will be tape across the windows across the street because of high winds. And the same birds won’t be there. The trees in the median strip will change….’”

Nope. In 2008, when Hansen’s prediction should have come to fruition, Manhattan was still there (still is), and it is still populated with pigeons. And yet it is these same people who want to sue “climate deniers” for fraud? That is the definition of irony.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Ross Saxton April 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Hi Rob,

What is the Ethan Allen Institute’s recommendation for addressing climate change? I’m interested in recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the resilience of the state’s infrastructure and ecology as the climate continues to change. Thanks in advance and apologies if I missed these recommendation elsewhere.




Ken April 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm

A bunch of “FOOLS” earning their living by trying to scare weak people.. Big Al Gore’s daughter was in Bennington last weekend sayin the sky is falling. Just like her old man earning a living by doing nothing.


Mike E April 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Same as the Clowns at Efficiency Vermont trying to shame people into using less energy by showing them how they are doing compared to their neighbors. #1 I thought liberals/socialist were opposed to shaming anyone about anything. #2 What does it matter what I use compared to my neighbors that is a personal choice, I don’t care what they use and it is no one business what I use. I am proud that I still can manage to run the AC in the summer because I hate being hot especially after I get home from working all day. They don’t seem to mind taking the fee they skim off my electric bill or they extorted from my former employer before helping drive them out of business. They force you to call or write them to opt out of their wasteful (delivered by snail mail printed on very low usage post consumer paper 2-sided) monthly report card. I asked them why in 7 pages of fancy well laid out web pages they could not have a button to Opt out of their reports. They are developing it and appreciated my calling them idiots. They are very welcome!


jim bulmer April 30, 2016 at 12:49 am

In Novemher, this will all disapear if we throw these carbon tax zealots OUT!!!! Vote for anti tax folks and the whole issue wlll evaporate. A carbon tax will destroy what little is left of our fragile economy. WAKE UP VERMONTERS, the ball is in YOUR court!!!!!cVote for common sense candidates.


H. Brooke Paige April 30, 2016 at 3:32 am

Carbon Tax Delusions – When the “Music Man” Comes to Town, Hold On To Your Wallet !

The Carbon Tax Scheme is merely another example of the “Music Man” coming to town with the promise that if we just buy his band instruments and the fancy uniforms – suddenly our children will be the World’s Best Marching Band ! Sadly there is no magic for learning to play music OR for lowering energy costs – but raising the price with a “carbon tax” is nothing more than legalized theft !

People still need to drive to work and heat their homes, and surely increasing the costs of the energy to fuel those needs, in a state which already has one of the nation’s highest costs of living, will most certainly accelerate the exodus of hard working families to more affordable and accommodating environs !

The wild eyed fanatics who dream up schemes like the “carbon tax” and those “green energy” pipe dream projects are generally wealthy gadflies, trust fund babies or layabouts – who have never been responsible for making their own way in life.

Hey “Carbon Tax Warriors” – Grow Up, Get a Life, Dance to Your Own Music and Leave Us Alone !


T Moore April 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

Go ahead and put this tax on. To the state of Vermont you will pay also. the stat hires privit people and there services. the coast will be put back on you and then put back on the people paying in.This tax will hart in every thing you do and by. Take trash the trash comp have big truck that need to hale all the trash in Vermont up north because we don’t have land fills. Take getting wood to heat with.You need big trucks to bring other big trucks to the woods to cut the wood then you need chainsaws to cut the trees then need skiders to take out of the woods then load on trucks to bring to a place that splits the wood then truck wood to your home. Look for your wood to go up. Food will go up it is trucked to the stores even organic food will go up.Property taex will go up the emploees will want more pay to live with. this would be teachers city workers and city coasts. So your taxes will go up. This is a killer for the state. I will be having the last laugh to see the state hurting. One other thing with this carbon tax I bet I will be able to get fuil help to heat my home and many new people will be able to sing on. Now where will the state get the extra funs from to pay this bill .Oh us the property tax payers. I also see more people leaving and will have to sell there homes cheap because no one will want to move to Vermont. This is just the tip of the cone on how it will coast us


forbes April 30, 2016 at 4:20 pm

It is not enough to say that certain legislators are for creating a bigger nightmare with their “carbon tax”. Put their names out there and Vermonters can work to unseat them in Nov. 2016?? They want to play hard ball, well let`s play!


Milan Miller May 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm

We should require all candidates for the legislature or governor pledge in writing to forever oppose a carbon tax or, if governor, to veto the tax.


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