This commentary is by Gregory Thayer of Rutland. He is a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Have you seen the price of gasoline at your local gas station pumps? This is the Vermont of Progressives and Democrats. I paid $3.69 per gallon two days ago. This is happening all across the Green Mountain State to working Vermonters already struggling with inflation at the marketplace, and every one of us is affected. This is eroding tour spending dollars. There is more to come under their Climate Initiative (Global Warming Solutions Act). The left does not listen to you; they hand out some “freebies” (i.e., cellphones, drugs, syringes, free health care, taxpayer money, etc.) and they got you!
Solar and wind energy are never going to be able to power Vermont, let a lone all of America. The climate fear-mongers do not want you to know that the manufacturing, moving and upkeep of these products are made by, and dependent on, fossil fuel energy.
The unintended consequences of 100% alternative power by 2035 has some severe issues for people. Just imagine being one of the cars stranded on I-95 south last month for 23 hours in freezing weather in an electric car. Thousands of jobs will be lost, billions of dollars of tax revenues gone.
The cost to working Vermonters will crush family budgets. It will burn holes in your pockets just paying to put gas in your car and provide heat for your family. There will be no money for food, housing, loans, or any entertainment fun. This is the Progs/Dems’ plan for you; they want you controlled by government.
As I said at my campaign announcement on Jan. 27, on the steps of the People’s House at the State Capitol, that the legislators in the building do not care about you, and the consequences they put on you do not affect them. They do not care! The Progressives (socialists) in this building are pushing policies designed by their special interest bosses in Washington, D.C. These people do not care!
To the people who promote these far left, out of touch environmental policies — including the high school students that they get to rally — please study the entire issue. Read real data, not just the stuff they are showing you. Please educate yourself to real facts. Further, if you want to protest, protest the Paris Climate Accord, as it does nothing for the environment. Moreover, the two biggest climate offenders, China and India, have no environmental systems in place and have a waiver for 10 years not to comply with the rules of Paris Agreement. Why?
China is building coal-powered energy plants at a fast rate all around China, and many of the countries throughout Asia and Europe have their “Belt & Road Initiative.” Where is your fight on those fronts? Here in America our environment is highly regulated and enforced. Our CO2 levels are within normal basis, which is pretty good with a population of over 334 million people. Another fact: Vermont shuts down our nuclear plant in Vernon, and the CO2 levels double. Do you all understand the CO2 is widely needed for plant life and for human and animal life, too?
Vermont’s Climate Council is proposing an action plan that will stop growth, stop people from moving into our beautiful state, and force people to change their vehicles and their home and businesses heating systems. This will change life in the Green Mountain State.
As your next lieutenant governor, I will fight for a clean and safe environment — for the cleanest water and air, brooks, rivers and lakes every day. I will do it with the people of Vermont using Vermonters’ input and common sense. I will do it with less burdensome government regulations and tax structures. I believe 100% that we can have a clean and safe environment with strong economic development for every Vermonter. My family live, work and play here, too.