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Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Thank you Rep. Sullivan for standing strong. While yes, what Vermont does isn't going have a significant impact on reducing world green house gas emissions someone has to take the lead and why not this small state where it is possible to make good decisions for the benefit of the ecosystems of the Earth which are being destroyed resulting in the sixth great extinction. A carbon pollution tax will ;provide an incentive for people to reduce their carbon emissions like driving more fuel efficient vehicles rather than huge pick up trucks which are now the most popular selling vehicle in Vermont.

And yes we need to talk about and deal with population growth.
EI equals PxAxT
Environmental Impact equals the size of the Population times the Affluence of that population times the kind of Technology that people spend their money on. As just one example manual push mowers or huge ridding lawn mowers.

Population size is the major factor and our governor elect wants to grow our population by 70,000. What is that going to do to our carbon emissions never mind the rest of our environment?

When are climate activists going to talk about the cause of our problems and not just the symptoms which is failing miserably.

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Posted by George Plumb on 12/08/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Does anyone see the irony of having someone like Mary Sullivan (or Tony Klein before her) on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee? In its own words, the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy "considers matters relating to conservation and development of the State's land resources, geology, forestry, State parks and lands, scenery, air quality issues, environmental permitting, solid waste management, and energy."

What happened to the "Natural Resources" component of the committee? The conservation and scenery part? It seems the Democrats on this committee are focused solely on the "Energy" and "development" components. How else to explain the total exemptions from Act 250 and all local zoning so developers can dynamite and bulldoze mountaintops for wind towers, filling in streams along the way; and the same exemptions that permit the solar panel carpet-bombing of land zoned for natural resources protection and wildlife corridors. All thanks to legislation that originated from this Committee (or possibly the lobbyists and campaign donors who worked with the Democratic members of this Committee).

Former Democrats and Independents abandoned the Democratic Party in droves this year to vote for Phil Scott, in no small part because of the policies pushed by Democrats on this Committee.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/08/2016 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

It is laughable that 650,000 people in Vermont are going to make a dent in global warming when there are literally billions of people in India and China, many adopting a Western standard of living and consumption. Last I checked, China has zero carbon tax.

And it is amazing that the people worrying about global warming rarely say a peep about worldwide population growth. We've gone from 1.6 billion in 1900 to pushing 8 billion now. How many mammals, birds, amphibians go extinct each year as humans take over more of the planet? Global warming is the least of our problems. Knowledgeable scientists say that assuming current warming projections are accurate, we are already too far along anyway (and still would have been, even if Hillary Clinton had been elected & tried to follow through on her policies).

Anyone who privately wants to drive a Prius; put solar panels on their roof, go for it. Eat vegetarian or better yet, vegan. Follow Bill McKibben's original advice in his book, "Maybe One" (i.e., one child). Private choices can make a difference.

And certainly energy efficiency and home weatherization is a great thing. Vermont already does a great job of education around this and encouraging it. But the Democrats are missing the message from this past election. We do not need any more new taxes. Taxes are already way too high in Vermont.

12 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 12/08/2016 at 1:37 AM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Glad to see legislators standing strong on climate change. With Trump as president, we NEED to lead the way here in Vermont on climate and many other issues. It's vital that we implement meaningful policies as soon as possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The carbon pollution tax, with the proper uses of that revenue, is an extremely effective way to do this. Thank you Rep. Mary Sullivan!

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Posted by Student for a Clean Energy Future on 12/07/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

I appreciate Rep. Sullivan standing firm on a carbon pollution policy that offers many benefits, despite what the onslaught of attack ads on the policy wanted you to believe. Rep. Sullivan rightly wants to refocus a legislative and public dialogue that is informed by an open and honest debate on the merits of the policy as a smart economic development tool. Taxing carbon pollution (something we must produce less of) while reducing taxes on our incomes and businesses (things we want more of) means we're talking about a tax shift. And, let's not forget, that a previous version of the policy included a 10% energy independence fund that would allow Vermonters to access financing to tighten up their homes, wasting less energy and money, among other opportunities. Let's have that discussion.

6 likes, 32 dislikes
Posted by kcorey on 12/07/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Thank you, Rep. Mary Sullivan, for staying strong in the face of misinformation. There are economic advantages to Vermont tackling the problem of carbon pollution, including growing more in-state jobs, growing the economy, and investing locally in efficiency and renewables.

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Posted by Daniel William Barlow on 12/07/2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

The public relations and advocacy KSE Partners engaged in over the wind projects in Windham and Grafton was such a failure, it's no wonder they changed their name. Dylan Zwicky, Alex MacLean and Todd Bailey were all over those towns, going door to door and of course working to buy the votes. If anything, voters were turned off by the efforts of KSE Partners and Iberdrola.

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Posted by A. Smith on 12/07/2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

If Governor-elect wants affordability, energy independence, and a 90% renewable Vermont by 2050, he should seriously keep an open mind on carbon pricing. This is no time to be divisive - a carbon pollution tax if designed well can lower the cost of living in Vermont, and retrieve some of the $1.6 billion dollars we send out of VT to buy fossil fuels. I just found this booklet, "Tax Reform that Agrees with Vermont", that includes insight on how to price pollution, put together by The Vermont Fair Tax Coalition - in 1999. Time to get a move on, VT! Thank you, Rep. Mary Sullivan, for not backing down, and for doing exactly what you should in the face of a Trump administration.

6 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by Hannah Huber on 12/07/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

The commentators, pundits, and Vermont media at large have forgotten, or maybe never were aware to begin with, that the same polling done by WCAX that correctly projected the Scott victory also showed 49% of Vermonters responding favorably to "a Vermont carbon tax aimed at reducing global warming," which is a pretty reductionist way of describing a plan that was really more comprehensive tax reform. Taking that poll at face value, those who respondents voting for Scott also favor a carbon pollution tax, so why has the opposite narrative all we hear? Rep. Sullivan is right. The policy was incredibly misrepresented, and it takes real courage to not fall in line with others who know the same and would instead of correcting that neglect to say anything as a matter of convenience.

7 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Austin Davis on 12/07/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Unfinished Business: How Phil Scott Lost a Nightclub

I don't think you will find a more honest man then Scott have you ever been through a rough time probably don't have to go back 20 years on any other politicians to find something they call it getting way too low

Posted by Paul Gorton on 12/07/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Rep. Sullivan is right. The climate crisis didn't end on November 8, nor did the opportunity for Vermont to create jobs and grow our economy by transitioning to clean energy. Carbon pricing is used across the globe -- and here in Vermont's electric sector -- and it works.

8 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by THughes on 12/07/2016 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Caucus Conundrum: Will House Dems Fight Anew for Carbon Tax?

Proud that my Rep, Mary Sullivan, isn't willing to back down from embracing a smart solution because of election-season lies spread by Koch and company. In this era of fake news we need more honest analyses. 7D should take a real look at this proposal.

11 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by AdamGoch on 12/07/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Mitzi in the Middle: How Johnson Prevailed in the House Speaker Contest

Can Terri Hallenbeck please just continue writing Fair Game? She is easily the best writer you guys have on staff.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Walter Cronkite on 12/02/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Gun: How I Bought an AR-15 in a Five Guys Parking Lot

here's an idea every one should be armed. by choice of you don't want to be then don't. but no gun law will change this. of and once guns are banned, the criminals will still posses them and make it twice as easy to rob a stand up citizen.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Cj Last on 12/01/2016 at 9:10 PM

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