VLCT slams GWSA lawsuit provision

June 5, 2020

by John McClaughry

The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee is creeping forward with the House-passed Global Warming Solutions Act. This is the legislative atrocity that would instruct the Agency of Natural Resources to do anything necessary to achieve carbon dioxide emissions goals that are almost certainly impossible of achievement  – all without any legislator ever voting on them. 

One particularly repugnant section would let any climate warrior organization sue the State government to get a judge to demand that the sweeping emissions rules be implemented further. Here’s what the Vermont League of Cities and Towns had to say about that:

“We oppose the section providing a Cause of Action to any person based upon the failure to adopt or update the plan or rules. In January we testified that our experience with the law suits surrounding the Lake Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load was that a tremendous amount of money was spent on lawyers and lawsuits that could have been spent on implementing projects to address the problem. For seven years while cases were adjudicated, the regulated community waited to be told what exactly they would be required to do. No one wanted to spend vast sums of money to address stormwater management when there was no assurance that what they did would be acceptable or adequate.”

This bill is designed to feed climate change lawyers, and send the bill to taxpayers. It’s high time to scrap the whole sorry thing.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ted Robinson June 5, 2020 at 9:17 pm

It’s time to scrap every damn legislator for passing off their job.


Jeff Silber June 5, 2020 at 11:27 pm

This is outrageous. Those “people” in Montpelier no longer even pretend to represent us. Time for a completely housecleanig. Vote everyone of them out from BOTH parties.


Mike June 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm

The saddest and at the same time the most rediculous part the this global warming fiasco is that this crusade is leading the Vermont tax payers down the road to NOWHERE!!! As stated many times, if Vermont were to go to ZERO emissions tomorrow, the global warming index would not move one tick, PERIOD!!!! Can’t help but wonder if there is something sinister behind the scenes about this whole “crusade”. FOLLOW THE MONEY!! Does anyone or business interest stand to benefit financially from this movement??? There must be something going on because as noted, nothing the legislation is purported to achieve will or can happen.


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