Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
On June 26, 2020, the Vermont Senate joined the Vermont House and passed the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), a bill that will eventually reach the desk of our governor, Phil Scott, who will have the duty to allow it to become law or veto it.
I rarely ask such things, but please contact the governor and ask him to veto the bill. I will list his contact information at the end of this message. Why am I asking this? I do not want to make this too complicated. Suffice it to say that this law is bad for Vermont and Vermonters and has no redeeming value. You can read what I recently wrote about this law in my June 4th VTGOP message.
Gov. Scott said he opposes current Global Warming Solutions Act legislation “because it allows the state of Vermont to be sued for not meeting carbon reduction goals. H688, the GWSA bill, establishes a regulatory structure to require carbon emissions reductions across the Vermont economy. If the state fails to meet the steep reduction targets, the law allows not-for-profit groups to sue the state to force compliance.” This bill, which our governor and legislative Republicans are opposed to, will allow lawsuits that will cost the Vermont taxpayer dearly if the state does not meet the unreachable emission mandate deadlines in the bill. It will open the state to litigation, big fees for lawyers and big tax increases for Vermonters.
By this law, the legislature will have abandoned its accountability as elected lawmakers and will subject our state to the rules made by an “army of regulators and enforcers needed to carry out ‘The Plan’” — a scheme that puts unelected bureaucrats and lawyers in charge, people who are in no way legally accountable to the citizens as required by our Vermont Constitution.
Vermont is already facing major economic problems because of the businesses that were closed as the result of Covid-19. This law on top of that will be an absolute disaster, and as a natural resources bill, it is a train wreck, neither good for the environment or our economy. Again, I say that by passing such a radical bill, the Democrats and Progressives in Montpelier have demonstrated that they are perfectly willing to sacrifice our state’s economic integrity in exchange for the hypothetical of an unmeasurable and unprovable reduction in global greenhouse gas emission effects.
It is so clear that in times like these we need fiscally sound minded Republicans at all levels of government. For now, and until those who truly represent the people of Vermont are elected, let us get behind Gov. Scott and encourage him strongly to veto GWSA.
How can I do that? Simply email, call, or write the governor with the message, “Please veto GWSA.” Email from Governor Scott’s website by clicking here. Call the Governor and leave a message at 802.828.3333.