John McClaughry, Myers Mermel and Wendy Wilton write 40+ commentaries a year discussing the most pressing public policy issues in Vermont. These are published online and in newspapers throughout the state, including VT Digger, the Caledonian Record, the Rutland Herald, the St. Albans Messenger, the Bennington Banner, Vermont Biz, TrueNorthReports, Times Argus, the Eagle Times and Vermont Daily. If you see an EAI commentary in your local newspaper, shoot us an email! And if you don't see our commentaries in your local papers, let your newspaper editors know.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. To Speak at Gen. John Stark Lectures


As part of its Gen. John Stark Lectures, the Ethan Allen Institute is proud to present a dinner with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a noted environmentalist and advocate of individual liberty.

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Commentary: Putting Aside the Science

In this era dominated by aggressive steps to deal with “climate change”, it’s worth inquiring into what the climate activists are working to install in our public school system, presumably to lead their pupils into supporting a long list of policies on the climate change agenda.

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Commentary: George Will Dinner: The Ethan Allen Institute's Thirtieth Anniversary

From left to right: Governor Phil Scott, Mrs. Anne McClaughry,  Mr. George Will, and Mr. John McClaughryOn Wednesday May 31st, the Ethan Allen Institute’s Thirtieth Anniversary dinner gala was held in South Burlington. The dinner was a smashing success from a number of perspectives.



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Commentary: EAI Lifetime Achievement Award : A Tribute To John McClaughry

From left to right, Mr. Chris DeMuth, Mr. John McClaughry, Mr. Jack McMullen, and Mr. Myers Mermel “The following tribute was delivered by Mr. Chris Demuth at the Ethan Allen Institute 30th Anniversary Dinner at Burlington, Vermont, on May 31, 2023. At dinner, Mr. John McClaughry was presented with the Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his public policy work in service of Vermont and her people.

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Commentary: The Climate-Conscious Transportation Game

The red hot policy issue in the state right now is S.5, the (un)Affordable Heat bill passed by the Democratic supermajority in the House and Senate. Gov. Scott vetoed it last Thursday.

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Commentary: Holding Down Legislative Expenses

One interest group fared extraordinarily well during the just-completed legislative session. That’s the interest group comprised of Representatives and Senators. Unlike other interest groups, who have to lobby legislators for the benefits they want, the legislators themselves get to vote on their own benefits. This was an opportunity not to be missed.

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EAI Statewide Poll: Voters Strongly Reject the Affordable Heat Act

The Ethan Allen Institute has been following the progress of S.5, the Affordable Heat Act, through the legislative process this year and up to its recent veto by Governor Scott. Since the beginning of the lawmaker’s session, we have been heavily involved in researching the costs, quantifying the impact on consumers, identifying obstacles to implementation, and testifying to the consequences of the proposed law.

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Commentary: A Loss For The American Church

The American Church lost a great leader and innovator earlier this month. Dr. Charles Stanley passed away on April 18, 2023. Dr. Stanley was the founder of In Touch Ministries, the author of over 70 New York Times best-selling books, and the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta for 49 years.

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Commentary: Governor Scott, We Appreciate You

On Friday April 21st, we saw a softening of relations between Governor Phil Scott and Republican legislators. To honor the vigorous debate held by Republicans on S. 5, the Affordable Heat Act, Governor Scott invited a number of Republican lawmakers to meet with him in his ceremonial office in the State House.

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Commentary: Report from the ISO Consumer Liaison Group Meeting

Report from the ISO Consumer Liaison Group Meeting

by Rob Roper

The Ethan Allen Institute (EAI) sent Rob Roper to the recent ISO meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to learn more about regional energy plans, particularly as they anticipate the potential passage of S. 5, the Affordable Heat Act.

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