What these Vermont legislators cannot grasp is that relying on electric heat is just not feasible in a Vermont winter. It might work in New Mexico, but even there you see these power failures that cripple the society.
Next up is the transportation sector and higher taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels plus higher registration fees on vehicles that use those fuels.
Nowadays it seems more and more that reporters see themselves as the Praetorian Guards protecting their personal political agendas and the politicians who support said agendas regardless of the facts.
I am always responsive to a well argued, fact-based rebuttal of my point of view, but very rarely encounter one. This reader’s was certainly not one.
The bill was cleverly designed so that most of the sticker shock does not take effect until after next year’s elections. So when one of your legislators who supported this bill and is running for reelection asks you whether you have been adversely affected by this law, don’t be fooled — the shoes start dropping in 2025.
In an appearance on the “Morning Drive Radio Show” on Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott criticized the newly passed Affordable Heat Act legislation that aims to convert most heating to electricity based on renewable energy sources, with fuel dealers and Vermonters footing the bill.
Any child can see the clean heat standard is a disgraceful mess and an inequitable economic disaster. Unless they’re scared stupid.
When Gov. Phil Scott vetoed S.5, the clean heat standard bill, he needed to convince at least one senator to change his or her position or four or five more representatives. In the end, no senators switched, and four representatives did — only to oppose Scott, not support him.
In the week before the House vote, the Ethan Allen Institute polled 300 registered Vermont voters online and by telephone. Only 189 knew something about the bill but of those, 40% opposed the legislation, with only 27% favoring.
Needing a two-thirds majority vote to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of Senate Bill 5 on Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 107-42 to pass the measure, which one public policy group said could cost Vermonters billions of dollars in the coming years.
S.5 is clearly very regressive, leading race activists to criticize it strongly. But these experienced voices are trumped by children whose brains are undeveloped and who have never had to pay rent, heat or real estate taxes from money earned with their own labor.
The public policy group said that while 31% of those polled strongly opposed the bill, only 13% strongly supported the legislation.