By John McClaughry
Last week we learned that the Vermont Senate is now likely to consider what I have called the worst democracy-shredding bill ever.
Here, in plain English, is what House passed Global Warming Solutions Act (H.688) would do.
It fatuously repeats the enviro mantra that “industrialized countries must cut their carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050, which is necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to below 2°C.”, a statement that nobody in the Legislature can come close to explaining.
It then says we must slash carbon dioxide emissions by not less than 80 percent from the 1990 greenhouse gas emission level by 2050, pursuant to the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin decreed but nobody ever voted on.
How will this be done? The act creates a probably unconstitutional special council to direct the secretary of Natural Resources to do whatever needs to be done to make Vermonters stop emitting carbon dioxide. Then that bureaucrat will push through a flood of rules governing every aspect of our lives that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, probably excepting breathing. Nobody will vote on this either.
The bill allows the Conservation Law Foundation to bring lawsuit after lawsuit to get judges to mandate even more stringent rules.
This bill is a total abrogation of democracy, a guaranteed economy wrecker, and a shameful attack on our liberties. It should be taken out and burned.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.