Carbon Tax Warriors Regrouping for a New Attack

by Rob Roper

Dan Barlow, executive director for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, posted on Facebook this weekend, “Thank you to Vermont Natural Resources Council for inviting me to today’s VECAN conference to talk about the economic benefits of carbon pricing.” That’s what they call a Carbon Tax.

Barlow goes on to praise Senator Elect Chris Pearson, a Progressive from Burlington, who as a Rep. led the House Climate Caucus, which served as the launching pad for last session’s Carbon Tax legislation. Pearson will certainly bring his zeal for implementing the tax to the Senate.


Additionally, VT Digger reports in their article “Local Global Warming Leaders Undeterred by Donald Trump,” that Johanna Miller, energy program director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council said. “We have to ensure Vermont is a beacon of hope and model of innovation. We have an obligation and an opportunity. The imperative of local and state efforts has never been greater.”

Digger also quotes Lauren Hierl, political director for the Vermont Conservation Voters advocacy organization, as saying Vermont “offered a more promising landscape.“

Clearly, these folks aren’t going away. In fact they’re doubling down on a Carbon Tax and an overall energy policy that is dangerous to Vermont’s economy.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

doug richmond December 10, 2016 at 3:38 am

First it was global warming – and when that failed it became Climate Change.

First it was a Carbon tax of 88 cents a gallon, Now when Mintner lost under that flag, it has become carbon pricing.!

All of these changes, radical as they seem at first, get enveigled into force by end around runs, hidden meanings, slick wordings, and false promises.

Property rights, local control of schools, “welfare reform”, men in girls bathrooms and showers……………….. Next!!??


Jim Bulmer December 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm

If Vermonters don’t want it, the Progressives ( spelled “communist”) will push it down our throats regardless. Yet they keep getting reelected. You tell me.


Jeanne Vittorioso December 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Many, not all, people in government love spending money. We as property owners do not, especially those of us on fixed retirement incomes. There HAS to be another way. Taxing us on gas and home heating fuel is not going to make us more energy efficient. We’ll stay in our homes and go nowhere, so we don’t use gas in our cars. How will we pay for meds and groceries if we’re paying the extra 88 cents and dollar per gallon of everything we use? We need to get around and heat our homes. It seems all they do is come up with more ways to SPEND money and get it from us. Lets fix the homeless and hungry problem, and get more businesses and jobs and develop the needy areas.


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