Get Ready for the “Global Warming Shut-Down Act”

May 22, 2020

by Rob Roper

As Vermonters struggle to figure out how to re-open our economy in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy is taking up the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) – a scheme that essentially would keep many aspects of our economy, those relying on fossil fuels, shut down in perpetuity. If ever there was a wrong time and wrong place for a piece of legislation, this is it.

Basically, what the GWSA would do is empower the Agency of Natural Resources to come up with and enforce “rules” designed to shrink the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to specific levels by 2025, 2030, and 2050, regardless of any collateral impacts and consequences. It would work by severely restricting or stopping entirely economic activity that produces GHGs, which is, of course, practically everything.

The Big Question(s) Vermonters deserve to have answered before this thing becomes law are: What would rules strict enough to meet the GHG reduction goals actually look like (spoiler alert, they will be draconian), how much would they cost, and what impact would they have on an economy desperately trying to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown? As of now, no formal economic impact analysis or cost assessment has been done.

Here are just a few examples of what kind of rules could ANR be empowered to implement to attain the GHG reduction goals outlined in the bill.

  • Ban ATVs, snow machines, pleasure boats, small planes and/or other fossil fuel base recreational vehicles.
  • Ban the use of wood stoves, fireplaces (and/or make it illegal to install these in new homes).
  • Ban backyard barbeques.
  • Ban fossil fuel powered lawn maintenance equipment such as gas powered leaf blowers (they tried this in Illinois).
  • Ban the sale of vehicles that don’t meet certain MPG requirements.
  • Ban the burning of yard waste.
  • Ban the purchase of fossil fuel based heating systems for new or renovated homes.
  • Require businesses and/or homeowners to purchase and install certain equipment to obtain licenses or permits.
  • Ban fossil fuel intensive entertainment events, such as racing at Thunder Road.

Use your imagination and you can probably come up with more.

When the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy debated this bill back in February, members asked some young witnesses how much economic “chaos” – their word — they would be willing to tolerate in order to bring about the goals of the GWSA. Needless to say, more economic chaos is the last thing Vermont and Vermonters need right now and in the foreseeable future – a point that seems lost on our elected officials.


Bill Walk Through Part 1

Bill Walk Through Part 2

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

James B Hall May 23, 2020 at 9:49 am

If the legislators choose to spend our money on such subjects as this, they deserve to have their tooches kicked hard enough so they land in the middle of next year. This is such asinine, ridiculous, absurd and just plain dumb material.
Vermonters will not stand for it nor should they; there are many other subjects needing attention, but this one????? Not even registering on the dial that I am looking at.
How about it folks, lets let them have it with both barrels.

Jim Hall


gdp May 23, 2020 at 12:04 pm

No joke. Sad thing is that Vermonters have not risen up and thrown these people out of office yet. ‘A republic if you can keep it.’


Mary Daly May 23, 2020 at 12:10 pm

As a senior on a fixed income, I shudder to think of what ideas like this could potentially cost me going forward. I have always been conservative, not only in politics, but in use of energy. And this is how I am rewarded?


Mike May 23, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Isn’t it ironic that the same Dem/Lib/Progs who are hammering Governor Scott for the jobs lost due to Covis-19 are the same crew trying through their senseless global warming initiative to kill all that moves through tax after tax after tax which will permeintly DESTROY Vermont’s economy!!!!


Vaughn Hadley May 23, 2020 at 1:41 pm

What event will cause the public to vote these fools out of office? This is not their first offense. Wake up Vermont!


John French May 24, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Its obvious the progs. have taken the gloves off years ago…. What are the conservatives waiting for??


Winifred McCarthy May 24, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy even contemplates passing the Global Warming Solutions Act, these elected representatives have a moral and legal obligation to examine what precisely this act ought to contain.
a) first and foremost, the flat declaration that the citizens of the state of Vermont will now be forbidden to continue to use wood for their heating source: this command alone punishes the poorest peoples of the state, pushes into deeper poverty the most rural residents, removes their ability to live using the renewable resource that has been used since the yeoman farmer arrived centuries ago and settled the land.


Winifred McCarthy May 24, 2020 at 3:56 pm

To add to my recent comment submission: b)what would replace the “fossil fuels”, with all of the complexities and losses involved for citizens.
c) In1955 the young Jimmy Carter engineer, while participating in the design of nuclear power plants, gave confident assurance that the toxic waste of this power source would be safely disposed of in the near future. Over half a century later we still have not solved this problem: to what extent will the replacement fuels be non-toxic, safely disposed of, easily accessible without great cost to their mining and sourcing.
d) Will the legislators commit to employing natural resource experts/scientists who are objective, who are not automatically opposed to all fossil fuel.


Robert Burton May 26, 2020 at 1:43 pm

We have always been on a very slow cooling trend after a brief reprieve from the effects of “little ice age” which has been conveniently obscured by the globalists to promote “global warming” after a mini-tends that “see-saw” back and forth. Now, we are looking at serious global cooling over the next 70 years after the prediction of a reduction in “sun spots” until the next century begins. It is not hard to envision regulating Vermont into an uninhabitable region for ordinary people and a destination as an elitist “playground” and in the process a windfall profit for those investing in our legislature to produce this “cultural” objective. History shows us that this process is not new. It is a re-application of that tried in the first half the twentieth century by you know who. Summary: Old scam, new twist, and we lose… unless we wake up the sleepers.


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