Green Police Will “Break Your Will!"

So, the Vermont Climate Council, established by the Global Warming Solutions Act passed last year, has started their work in how to figure out the ways in which Vermont can reduce its greenhouse gas emission to 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050. It’s a daunting task. some would say impossible – others would say impossible and a useless gesture in virtue signaling that will accomplish nothing at great expense. But…

On January 25th the Council took testimony from officials in other states who have started down similar emissions reduction paths. One of them was David Ismay, Undersecretary for Climate Change in Massachusetts. To his credit, Is may called for humility on the part of the council, hinting strongly that they might not actually be able to achieve their goals, noting many very serious obstacles to success. But Ismay’s description of what the real goal of climate change policy is it troubling.  

Ismay’s said, “So let me say that again, 60% of our emissions that need to be reduced come from you, the person across the street, the senior on fixed income, right… there is no bad guy left, at least in Massachusetts to point the finger at, to turn the screws on, and you know, to break their will, so they stop emitting. That’s you. We have to break your will. Right, I can’t even say that publicly….” (Emphasis added)

Well, say it publicly he did! And there you have it. In a supposedly free society, is it really the role of government to “break the will” of bad guy Vermont senior citizens on fixed incomes trying to heat their homes in February? We would say not.  

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  • Ivan St George
    commented 2021-02-07 10:24:55 -0500
    The arrogance in that testimony is breathtaking and this great work by EAI will never see the light of day on any Vermont news outlet.
    Channel 3,4,5, vt digger and every other uninterested news outlet in this state should be shamed out of existence,
  • Ivan St George
    followed this page 2021-02-07 10:16:36 -0500
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2021-02-06 13:52:53 -0500
    It’s statements like that, which Ismay no doubt wishes that he had not uttered, that went a long way to endearing (not) folks from Mass. with the people of Northern New England, and earned them the title of “Massholes”
  • Dart Everett
    commented 2021-02-06 13:48:30 -0500
    I am an apartment owner. All of a sudden it occurred to me that no one is providing anyway to heat my buildings after oil and gas (and coal) are gone. I have mini-splits in three buildings but had to provide electric resistance heat (the source banned by Act 250 in the 1970s). And, mini-splits don’t do much below about 30 degrees. I doubt if the fire people would like wood or pellet stoves in each apartment.
    So, if any of VCC members are reading this, please tell me how to plan for the future.
    Dart Everett
  • David Flemming
    published this page in EAI Blog 2021-02-05 15:41:14 -0500