EAI and VPIRG to Debate the Carbon Tax

You Don’t Want to Miss This! 


On Thursday, December 3, 7:00pm to 8:30 pm at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier, Rob Roper and John McClaughry representing the Ethan Allen Institute will debate Paul Burns and Jon Erikson representing the Vermont Public Interest Research Group over the issue of a Carbon Tax.

Should the Vermont Legislature levy a state-wide Carbon Tax on gasoline, diesel, propane, butane and heating oil?

EAI will be arguing the negative.

This event will be moderated by Peter Hirschfeld of Vermont Public Radio. It is open to the public and free of charge (though seating is somewhat limited), so we encourage all to come out and show your support. There will be 30-40 minutes allotted for audience questions. If you are unable to attend but have a question, please submit your question via email HERE. It will be forwarded to moderator.

Hope to see you there. It should be a heck of a show!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Durwood November 26, 2015 at 1:44 am

The carbon tax is pure BULLSHIT,WE ARE TAXED ENOUGH


George Gallagher November 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Stop the Fake Climate Change Carbon Tax by Obama – The Great Global Warming Swindle Full Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52Mx0_8YEtg


Dagomir December 2, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Durwood, do you know what the phrase “revenue neutral” means? A revenue neutral tax doesn’t increase your taxes–it shifts the point of taxation. We should tax bads, not goods. It’s good to work. It’s bad to burn carbon. Let’s reduce the income tax and replace it with a revenue neutral carbon pollution tax. It’s the market- based way to solve the problem of climate change–way better than Carbon Fuel police arresting you if you use too much fuel, wouldn’t you say? Or are you into denying reality?


Pam November 26, 2015 at 2:54 am

I just don’t see how onerous regulations on top of extra taxes and fees does anything for the ‘enviroment’. All the businesses and farms along Lake Champlain in VT & NY are taxed and regulated and punished , in one day Montreal empties its toilets into Lake for Chit to run downstream,,,,,,,,,,,,now tell me just whats the point after all the NY & VT people are broke, and lake is polluted anyways by no fault of ours…now just how and where did allllllllll that money go to prevent the dirty lake?


Diana Hanks November 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

We have a useless public transportation infrastructure here in Vermont. Without that, this is an absurd proposition ! The people who can not afford to live in the Burlington area,have to live an hour or so away from their work. This really makes it hard for them to survive. The people who live and work in rural Vermont , also need to drive to do everything, from shopping to going to work.They are the people with the least money,and this tax makes living here impossible for many of them.
If you want to do this, fix the public transportation infrastructure first. Make it like Europe here, where you can get on a train or bus to anywhere, any time of the day or night. Then, and only then, can you put this tax on us. NEVER should heating fuel be taxed ! That is a survival issue. We don’t heat as a luxury, we use heat so as not to freeze !


George Gallagher November 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Stop the Fake Climate Change Carbon Tax by Obama – The Great Global Warming Swindle Full Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52Mx0_8YEtg

Top Physicist Bolts from Global Warming ‘Consensus’ And Says Obama Backed ‘Wrong Side’ https://www.ijreview.com/2015/10/448344-top-physicist-bolts-global-warming-consensus-see-says-obama/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=owned&utm_campaign=morning-newsletter


DByrd December 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

The CARBON TAX is nothing more than another scheme to shave more money off the backs of the working people and families of Vermont. The money will be directed to non-profit organizations that will devour it through high paid executives for the sake of creating more jobs in the name of state government bureaucracy. Let’s not stop there than the state government can request federal government hand outs that will match and/or maintain a higher percentage of money that can be funneled down the deep hole of committees and studies that go no where’s. In the end the purpose for the tax will never go to the purpose. This is a wake up call to the people of VT.


Kim Crosby November 22, 2016 at 9:57 am

is the debate Thursday December 1st or Saturday Dec 3rd? Thanks.


Rob November 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Hi Kim. This was a post from last year. No new debate in 2015. Sorry for any confusion.


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