8-9-16 – VPIRG’s Hughes on CO2

by John McClaughry

A week ago Vermont Digger published my column on the VPIRG poll that purported to show that two thirds of Vermonters polled want a carbon tax. There were dozens of comments published – most of them favorable to my argument – but the very first came from Thomas Hughes, the hired gun of the Energy Independent Vermont coalition that is peddling the carbon tax. He, of course, didn’t point that out.

Hughes accurately quoted me as saying that “atmospheric carbon dioxide has no negative effects on human health.” He then went on to cite sources, all perfectly respectable, that confirm that when concentrated in a confined space, carbon dioxide can cause all sorts of unhappy consequences, including death.

Hughes seems not to understand the difference between “atmospheric carbon dioxide”, which consists of four molecules per 10,000 in the atmosphere, and concentrated carbon dioxide, in a sealed chamber, replacing the oxygen. Yes, if humans replace all the air in a room with carbon dioxide,  occupants of that room will rapidly suffocate.

I am astonished at this feeble minded rejoinder. The lead promoter of the carbon tax can’t tell the difference between atmospheric carbon dioxide and a sealed chamber full of carbon dioxide.

I will refrain from speculating about Thomas Hughes’ intelligence, but if this is the guy VPIRG picked to sell Vermonters on the wisdom of  a carbon tax, maybe they should have cast a wider net.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Roger Joslin August 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

These carbon tax morons haven’t got a clue.


SBarrows August 10, 2016 at 2:33 am

Unless Sue Minter is our next Governor. Then we are all screwed. All of the silent majority must vote in November!!!


Tom Hughes August 10, 2016 at 5:47 am

He is not me. The Tom Hughes in Middlebury strongly opposes all carbon taxes.


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