By John McClaughry
I was looking for something on the Vermont Legislature’s web page the other day when it crossed my mind to check into the Joint Carbon Emissions Reduction Committee. Last year the Legislature created, over Gov. Scott’s veto, a pseudo government called the Vermont Climate Council to devise a plan to beat down the carbon dioxide emissions of everybody and everything in the state of Vermont by 80 percent by 2050, to stamp out the menace of global warming.
So I thought the Joint Carbon Emissions Reduction Committee of the Legislature ought to be a big part of that. I inquired of Legislative Counsel which legislators were serving on that prestigious committee, who was the chair, and how many meetings the committee has held since its creation in 2019.
A few days later Legislative Counsel reported. It seems the Joint Carbon Emissions Reduction Committee hasn’t had any meetings. That’s because no representative or senator was appointed to serve on it, which of course means that it had no chair. It was another phantom committee created to oversee our mandated carbon dioxide emissions reduction, and promptly forgotten.
It reminded me of its predecessor, the Joint Committee on Energy, which I was appointed to when I was a senator in 1991. Six or eight of us met. After a few uncomfortable minutes I inquired whether we needed such a committee at all. No one had a good answer, and we adjourned, possibly forever.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.
2 thoughts on “McClaughry: Another phantom commission”
Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how much money was allocated to fund this bogus committee? I’m sure this wouldn’t be the first time that an ill ordained committee was authorized by our legislature, and failed to meet, but where the funding set aside for its support slowly and mysteriously drained away.
Just wondering, as a taxpayer…
No one wants be on that committee, because it would be a dangerous job to tell the little people of Vermont they must transform their lifestyles, and that many goods and services will be rationed and taxed, to save the world.
The elites are too important to bother to transform THEIR lifestyles; limos, private planes, 5-star this and that.
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