Electric Heat and Frozen Pipes
I recently got an email from a former Vermonter, an engineer, whose career has been largely in building systems. He wrote, “Now that the Vermont Legislature has passed the Affordable Heat Act, your liquid fuels costs will [In 2025] start hitting $9/gal at least for heating oil and diesel, so I predict that there will be a new industry of coal smuggling starting up.”
Burlington’s Homeless Problem
A major issue dividing Democrats and Gov. Scott is what to do with some 2,800 homeless who’ve been relying on a state-run motel program that is weeks away from terminating.
George Will Dinner
One of the serious thinkers for whom I have had great respect for many years is George Will, perhaps America’s leading voice for thoughtful conservatism, tinged with libertarianism. Here’s a quote from his book The Conservative Sensibility that impressed me.
Property Rights Victories
On May 25 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two really remarkable rulings in cases brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation. In Sackett v. EPA, the Court significantly narrowed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority.
School choice Advances
The Reason foundation’s Christian Barnard published an encouraging story on school choice advances in six states.
Nevada Murder and the Death Penalty
Here’s a really distressing news report. “A Nevada man was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of a 27-year-old man in 2021 who was tortured, shot and forced to walk off a cliff, the Nye County District Attorney’s office confirmed to Fox News Digital.
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.
Responding to a Pro-Affordable Heat Act Backer
Since my distaste for the unAffordable Heat Act has been vigorously demonstrated over the past two years, I naturally attract critics who are appalled at my views on that subject.
IPCC's Cyclone Error
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is collection of climate scientists and government appointees that has issued six major assessment reports on the planet’s projected climate future.
EAI's Clean Heat Standard Poll
The Unaffordable Heat Act is now law, the governor’s veto overridden by the Democratic supermajority. It can’t take effect, however, until the next General Assembly gives it the green light in January 2025.