PR – Ethan Allen Institute Launches Carbon Tax Awareness Campaign

For Immediate Release
September 26, 2016


VERMONT — All summer long, VPIRG interns have been knocking on doors, selling Vermonters on the vague idea a arm-leg“carbon pricing” scheme for our state. These short presentations are misleading people about what is at stake if Vermont were to actually pass a Carbon Tax (a more accurate term that the VPIRG people avoid).

The VPIRG doorstep presentations do not inform citizens that implementing the carbon tax in Vermont as they propose will add 88¢ to every gallon of gasoline purchased, $1.02 to every gallon of home heating oil or diesel, and 58¢ for propane and natural gas. Instead, they misleadingly promise that the tax will be levied on out-of-state “big oil” types, without disclosing the fact that these costs will be passed along to you the consumer.

In order to correct these misleading half-truths, the Ethan Allen Institute has launched today an informational radio and social media campaign highlighting the true costs of the Carbon Tax, should it become law in Vermont.

The timeline for placing a Carbon Tax on Vermonters begins with passage of a bill in 2017, after this November’s elections. As such, now – before this coming election — is the time for Vermonters to become informed about the true details of the Carbon Tax, how it would work, who benefits, and who gets stuck with the bill.

The Ethan Allen Institute’s radio ad  will run on stations throughout the state (Brattleboro, Colchester, Middlebury, Morrisville, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and Waterbury), and our social media effort begins with a commentary piece by former Weidmann CEO for North American Operations and chairman of the board for Associated Industries of Vermont, and now EAI board member, John Goodrich: The Carbon Tax Would Kill Jobs.

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Contact :
Rob Roper
Ethan Allen Institute
[email protected]

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria September 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Do you know the standing of our state representatives and senators on the carbon tax? If so it would be nice to have a list before the election.


Rob September 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Hi Maria.
Below are the representatives who signed on as sponsors of Carbon Tax legislation this past session. If your legislator is not on this list, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she does not support the Carbon Tax. For example, arguably the biggest booster of the Carbon tax was Rep. Tony Klein (D-E.Montpelier), but he was not a sponsor of the bill. The best way to find out is to ASK them, and get them to go on record.

Sponsors are Reps. David Deen (D-Westminster), Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington), John Bartholomew (D-Hartland), Steve Berry (D- Manchester). Molly Burke (P-Brattleboro), Joey Donovan (D- Burlington), Patsy French (D-Randolph), Diana Gonzalez (P- Winooski), Maxine Grad (D-Moretown), Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier, Willem Jewett (D-Ripton), Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier), Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington), Martin Lalonde (D-South Burlington), Joan Lenes (D-Shelburne), Jim Masland (D-Thetford), Curtis McCormack (D-Burlington), Jim McCullough (D-Williston), Mike Mrowicki (D-Putney), Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington), Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington), Kesha Ram (D- Burlington), Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury), Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury), Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro), Donna Sweaney (D- Windsor) and Maida Townsend (D-South Burlington).


Maria September 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm

I talked to one of my representatives from Barre Town. He asked my opinion of the tax and I told him about the trickle down theory. He never did say how he feels about it so I emailed him again. My other rep has not contacted me yet.

You need to get the word out with your adds about the trickle down effect, it just may inspire more public awareness and outrage.

All these new taxes hurt the middle class as the benefits of them always help the low income and high income citizens. Will I get a benefit from this tax, no, because I am middle income but more money is going out of my pocket and therefore have less money for the necessities of life.



Maria September 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Its bad enough that it is SOOOO expensive to live in Vermont and now they want to pass a carbon tax. This tax will trickle down. Landlords will increase the rent tenants pay to cover this tax. Municipal, school and state taxes will increase as our plows and schools will have to pay this tax. Deliver services will increase which means an increase in the cost of the product sold. This tax is HORRIBLE. I guess in the near future I will be low income also but will not get the benefit of being low income. I will just have less to spend on food and other living expenses.


Scott October 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

As my wife and I grow closer to retirement it becomes increasingly clear that we must leave the state of Vermont. Vermont is not a place we can afford to stay, this tax if passed is one more nail in the coffin for many to stay and live and retire here. We are taxed to death already. I do not understand the mentality of our elected officials to put forth such a bill. One common thread is the D next to their name.


Kenneth Tobin October 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm

No carbon tax. Vermonters cannot afford to go back to high gas costs.


bob October 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

the atmosphere contains just 0.04% CO2 total- of that man is responsible for just 3.4% (these are all figures you can find online)- This means that the amount of atmosphere that has CO2 in it as a direct result of man’s burning of fossil fuels is 0.00136%- Will somebody explain just how 0.00136% of our atmosphere can possibly capture, retain, and then back radiate enough escaping heat from the earth cause worldwide warming? Almost 100% of the heat that radiates outwards from the surface of the earth is not absorbed- and what little does get absorbed gets radiated out in all directions, not just back towards earth- infact most does not even get radiated back towards earth at all- Folks- 1/1000’s of a % of our atmosphere is not capturing nearly enough heat to cause global climate change- 0.00136% of the atmosphere isn’t capable of capturing enough heat to move the needle in one direction or the other-

On a cold winter’s evening some night- leave the heat off- then warm just 0.00136% of the air in the room you are sitting in- lemme know how roasty toasty you get- lemme know how many years it takes you to get up to a comfortable temperature by heating just 0.00136% of that room’s air- (Keep in kind that any gains you get will be offset by equilibrium and variable ambient air conditions due to natural processes ie colder days outside, rain, sun, night day etc)

Vermonters fill their home oil tanks what? 3-4 times a winter? and extra $500 per fill will translate into an extra $2000 per year to pay for something that has not been proven- Scientists have Not proven that 0.00136% of our atmosphere is capable of causing catastrophic global warming- Folks- you are going to be paying for a scam- and once that scam gets started- they will Never relent- and they will increase that carbon tax yearly- once they have you hooked in the scam, they will empty your pockets- this carbon scam is a thief’s dream come true- Heck- they don’t even have to prove their claim is true- correlation does NOT equal causation- remember that folks-

“Oh but we’re reaching a ‘tipping point’ of 450 ppm” I hear ya say- Really? Earth has been over 800 ppm and was fine- Folks- warming always happens first- and only Then does CO2 rise- look it up- this isn’t secret knowledge- The Vostok Ice core samples show that CO2 rises always Followed temperature increases by 100’s of years- CO2 is not driving temperature increases- it’s the other way around


Geni Delk October 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm

This is outrageous! I am definitely going to pass information on this law to friends and family!


deb October 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Its hard To get By now , this would kill us and Many others ! No wonder young People get out of this state . The Property Taxes are Horrible as it is. No Carbon Tax Plaese it will kill Vermont


Jeanne Vittorioso October 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm

This tax is horrendous. What about retired people on FIXED income? Where are they going to get the extra hundreds of dollars for gas and home fuel? For what is this tax money going to be used?


Mark October 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

It is sad that you even feel it is necessary to add the accompanying article on why this bill would be a bad thing to pass.


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