Tom Evslin on GWSA

June 9, 2020

by John McClaughry

Stowe businessman and columnist Tom Evslin, in his blog called Fractals of Change, wrote on Monday that the Global Warming Solutions Act, that passed the House back in February and is now before the Senate, has “huge implications for Vermont and Vermonters. It will almost certainly raise energy costs. It establishes a new unelected commission to set energy policy. It allows anyone to sue the state for any real or perceived lack of anti-carbon action.”

“Even if you like the bill, it needs work. It’s full of internal inconsistencies. It’s ambiguous on whether plants removing carbon from the atmosphere counts towards the State’s carbon goal. It’s an unprecedented (and perhaps unconstitutional) abdication of legislative responsibility. Certainly one would want the Senate to consider the implications of this bill in a state which was at full employment when the bill passed the House and now has historic unemployment and lines for food handouts.

“The more important you think the Global Warming Solutions Act  is, the less you should want it rushed. We don’t know what emissions will look like next year. We don’t know how vulnerable we will be to further pandemic. We don’t know if we’ll be dealing with an influx of urban escapees or exodus of the unemployed. We must focus on this year’s priorities. Hopefully we will deal with them well enough (and be lucky enough) to consider our next steps on global warming next year.”

Amen to that, Tom.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

David Alpert June 10, 2020 at 11:44 pm

Obfuscation upon obfuscation! Time to pull ur heads out of ur collective asses! This state needs economic growth of any sort, and to discover ways to keep our younger residents from running away! Increasing energy costs due to another crapload of bureaucrats panel is the Vermont way! Further indicators that this state’s government sucks!


Ernest McDonald June 13, 2020 at 2:19 pm

In terms of a carbon footprint, 51st in the nation (behind Washington D.C)…. and for all the money that will be devoted to saving the environment you will see no appreciable improvement in the environment. GWSA is nothing more than a jobs bill for the Conservation Law Foundation and VPIRG.


kent butterfield June 16, 2020 at 5:16 pm

This is one of the worst bills this state has ever passed – and the lawmakers now just sit back and share no blame for what comes down the road with this bill. Needs to be thrown away and make lawmakers stand up and take collective blame for this fiasco!!!


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