This article by Lou Varricchio originally appeared Sept. 14 in the Vermont Eagle. It is republished here with permission.
On Sept. 14, Vermont House Minority Leader Pattie McCoy (R-Poultney) issued a statement urging Gov. Phil Scott (R) to veto H. 688, Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).
“Vermont House Republicans have stood united against the GWSA, which includes several untenable and unacceptable provisions,” she said. “The grant of immense authority to implement a Climate Action Plan to an unelected council represents an unprecedented violation of both Legislative and Executive authority. Further, the cause of action created by the bill will expose the State–and by extension, Vermont taxpayers–to massive legal liability that we cannot predict or control.”
McCoy has acknowledged that climate change is a scientific fact, however, she has said this climate change bill presents serious economic-impact challenges and that it offers no solutions as far as state policy goes.
“Let me be clear: climate change is real and must be addressed. Ironically, despite its name, this bill includes no real policy solutions; (it’s) just talking points and a flashy headline. It does not actually solve the problem or do the real policy work necessary. In a large sense, the legislature is bucking its responsibility to an unelected council.”
McCoy added that Vermont House Republicans have repeatedly laid out climate solutions that have been ignored by Democrats and Progressives.
“…Rather than focusing on bipartisan incentives and programs, the Majority party has made it clear that they prefer power grabs and government intrusion. For these reasons, the Vermont House Republican Caucus urges Governor Scott to veto H.688,” she said.