By Todd Smith | The Caledonian Record
Last Thursday the House passed H.688, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The bill would make carbon dioxide emissions goals mandatory requirements, set up a legislatively controlled council to create a plan to achieve the requirements, and direct the Agency of Natural Resources and other agencies to issue whatever binding rules they think are needed to carry out the council’s plan.
No legislator would ever vote on these far-reaching rules that will reach into every Vermont home.
The bill was finally approved 105-37. Before that, Rep. Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) offered an amendment to require legislators to actually vote to impose those rules and thus be accountable to their constituents. The key language was “the Plan shall be submitted to the General Assembly for review. The General Assembly shall approve the Plan in order for any action pursuant to section 593 of this chapter to occur.”
The amendment failed 44-99. Here’s how our Northeast Kingdom legislators voted:
YES (all Republicans)
Beck, St. Johnsbury
Page, Newport City
NO (All Democrats)
Campbell, St. Johnsbury
Copeland-Hanzas , Bradford
Martel, Waterford (R)