“I did not vote yes for the things I did not have the ability to do a deep dive in. And I think there is some confusion in the public regarding that. … I will never go into the public and say that as a climate councilor I was behind the Clean Heat Standard, because I’m not.”
The Senate Committee on Government Operations on Friday voted unanimously to approve a bill that would divest state pension funds from carbon-related forms of energy investments.
Heile, Miller and Kleppner bring to mind the Joseph Goebbels quote about the best propaganda trick being to accuse your opponents of that which you yourself are doing.
The Vermont Climate Council wants us all to keep warm with electric heat pumps, to defeat the menace of climate change. Here’s another report from a heat pump user to keep in mind.
“The good news is the units did reduce our oil usage quite a bit, probably 75 to 80 percent. However, our monthly electricity bill increased by over $300 dollars! With the astronomical installation costs, we won’t break even on these units until long after our kids have graduated from college in 17 years.”
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg recently deleted a years-old tweet citing a report of a scientist claiming that humanity had to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2023 to avert human extinction.
With S.5, our elected representatives aren’t “asking” us to pay more to heat our homes with oil, propane, natural gas, and kerosene, they are forcing us to do so.
Lawmakers took the week off to return home for Town Meeting Week, in what is loosely the mid-point break in the legislative session. This year, it is not surprising that the controversial bill S.5 was a hot topic.
“Outsiders,” those looking in to the natural world rather than being a part of it, will never understand how much every animal hunted, fished or trapped is revered and respected by those of us that harvest them. We care just as much about the well being of wildlife as any “anti” ever did.
While S.5’s start has been postponed for two years, my wife and I are considering converting our 200-year-old home and our transportation needs to all-electric. We obtained cost estimates from our electrician and heating contractors, and from Tesla. Here are our discoveries.
Lawmakers who are intent on pushing through the clean heat standard have been stacking the deck against small, mom-and-pop fuel dealers who stand to lose the most if the clean heat standard becomes law.
If the result of implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act were to mean causing an electricity shortage and price spike in our most populous city/county, negatively impacting politically favored entities such as Burlington Electric, Vermont Gas and UVM, the GWSA would more than likely cease to be a viable state policy.