30th Anniversary Gala With George F. Will On May 31, 2023

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will is America’s most widely read political columnist, and its foremost conservative voice.

Hear George Will discuss "Why the Conservative Movement Is Important In A Place Like Vermont".

Wednesday, May 31 · 6pm EDT @ DoubleTree by Hilton, Burlington, Vermont.

870 Williston Road South Burlington, VT 05403 United States

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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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Commentary: Pay Attention to Corporate Climate Profiteering

Up to now criticism of the Clean Heat Standard bill (S.5) has focused on its intended result of driving up prices of heating oil, propane, kerosene and natural gas somewhere from seventy cents to four dollars a gallon, in order to finance $2 billion worth of subsidies to people to quit using those fuels and install “cold climate heat pumps”, “advanced wood heat”, and home weatherization. 

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Commentary: Diminishing the Culture of Violence

Every time a disturbed or hate-filled individual embarks on a murderous shooting spree, as at the Covenant School in Nashville last month, politicians rush to the media to urgently announce “we’ve got to do something” to stop “gun violence.” 

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Another Blow to the Administrative State

Earlier this month the US Supreme Court dealt the administrative state another blow,  holding that individuals and businesses harpooned by an independent agency don’t have to suffer a torturous government adjudication to challenge its constitutionality in federal court. Unlike many controversial decisions, this one was a unanimous 9 to zero. 

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Legislative Pay Grab

My friend Tom Koch, who served ably for many years in the Vermont house, noted last week that “the Vermont Senate has voted 19-10 to pass S.39, “An act relating to compensation and benefits for members of the Vermont General Assembly.” 

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Renewable Energy Standard H 320

Renewable Energy Vermont, the solar energy industry lobby group, is out with a press release urging the legislature to pass a bill, H.320, to require the utilities to buy more of their product.

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