8-16-16 – National Activists Want Vermont to Be Carbon Tax Guinea Pig

by Rob Roper

National advocates are looking to Vermont to set a precedent for passing Carbon Taxes. The latest edition of the financial paper, The Kiplinger Letter, highlights the status of carbon taxes throughout the nation.

Look for states to take the lead in using carbon taxes to reduce emissions. Mass. and Vt. are likely to move first. Good bets to follow are N.Y. and Hawaii. Odds are that Washington D.C. will join Boulder, Colo., as an early city with the tax. Carbon taxes, backed by environmentalists and economists, are specifically designed to discourage the emission of greenhouse gasses by charging fees for carbon use.

A federal tax isn’t in the cards for now. House Republicans can block it… Even if Democrats win the White House and control of the Senate in fall elections.

But, the political climate will change as more states start moving to the tax. – The Kiplinger Letter, Vol. 93, No. 31 (Emphasis added)

So, basically, this horrifically unpopular, job killing tax is dead in the water nationally. But, advocates are placing their hopes on Vermont committing economic suicide by passing a Carbon Tax in 2017, after the November election, and thus acting as the first domino to fall.

The question is, is Carbon Tax Guinea Pig really a role a majority of Vermonters want to play? Especially when doing so will cost us an extra 88¢ per gallon of gasoline, $1.02 per gallon of diesel and home heating oil, etc.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ken August 16, 2016 at 6:14 pm

I hope the Vermont Legislators are not that STUPID to pass something like this. How will we EAT if we have to pay this increase in fuel!!! They raised the cost of owning and driving a car this year by around 14 million, FEEs keep going up, money out of our pockets ALL the time.. Please listen to the POOR citizens of Vermont !!!!


H. Brooke Paige August 16, 2016 at 10:31 pm

Since Vermont is a little state, they figure “What the Hell !” if the tax doesn’t work as planned, it will just be a small group of citizens that will have had their lives destroyed – nothing like being selected to be the lab rats in their grand experiment !


Paul Hudson August 21, 2016 at 1:04 am

Hi, Anyone besides me hate to see VT become the progressive’s petri dish? No kidding, this will put a lot of good people out of business because after 7+ years of the current administration in DC and with Gov. Shumlin following in lockstep, you have a major problem coming if this tax passes. Your middle class deserves a lot better treatment, or else…


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