McClaughry: electric cars must increase 1,150% in three years to meet carbon goal

By John McClaughry

Here’s a quick peek at what the Vermont Climate Council is planning to unload on us in a month, courtesy of Matt Cota of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association.

John McClaughry

“As required by the Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act, [passed over Gov. Scott’s veto] the [Climate Action Plan] must be submitted to lawmakers by December 1 and explain how the state will reduce carbon emissions by 26% by 2025. In order to meet these emission reduction mandates, the number of electric vehicles will have to increase by 1,150% over the next three years. The number of homes with cold climate electric heat pumps will have to increase by 71%.”

“ Back in May, Vermont lawmakers set aside $100 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to implement the still unwritten “Climate Action Plan.” While the money has been identified, it isn’t clear whether it can be spent on the plan. A review of U.S. Treasury guidance clearly states that American Rescue Plan funds can only be used to address the negative economic impacts of the [COVID] public health emergency. Lawmakers on the budget committee admitted earlier this year that they are not sure whether climate change spending qualifies under ARPA.” 

Matt’s organization  advocates for reductions in emissions through the installation of more efficient oil and gas fired equipment, but the Climate Council surely won’t settle for that. 

The author lives in Kirby. He is vice-president and founder of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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  1. One of these days the idiots that decree these pie in the sky ideas will realize that the money necessary to carry out these plans has been bled dry, and you can’t get blood from a stone. What these blood dry stones can be used for is as primitive projectiles, and I predict that at some point in the not to distant future, that those that have been bled dry will start to utilize these projectiles against their oppressors. Personally, I would rather see those in power wise up, and once again become a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

    • Spot on. What the Biden Administration and commissars Bernie, OAC, Omar, etc. are doing is following Hugo Chavez Venezuela socialist outline. Dinesh D’Souza’s The United States of Socialism explains exactly what is happening to us by the Left. Terrifying.

  2. Here come MORE taxes!!! Yep…these evil citizens with gasoline-powered vehicles must be PUNISHED. Anyone who doesn’t OBEY must face the wrath of the STATE! The “ruling class” must expect obedience!

  3. It is interesting that the folks best served by electric powered cars are the least able to afford such things. A low income driver, probably living in rental housing in a city, might be hard pressed to find charging facilities close by and the tax credit used as an incentive to buy may not help that person much, if they could even afford a new vehicle. Used battery powered cars, once they are more available on the used market – will have a used battery- a high cost replacement part. The Telsa owner, however can benefit from the tax credit, be able to charge the vehicle at home and maybe at work…for free!
    While everyone loves a tax break, and something for free- Smart mice know the cheese is never free. That’s why the high priests of climate change can only affect their desires with mandates.
    We are going to quickly learn of American’s acceptance of draconian mandates… in many areas-
    Our healthcare, energy, activities…

  4. Rich people toys. In truth though I think the climate change narrative has a lot of holes. I used to really believe all of this and it was what I taught. I’m no longer convinced that human use of fossil fuels is the main driver of climate change; natural solar cycles that have always occurred are a far bigger driver of this. Bankrupting people to implement “green “ solutions which are unlikely to “solve” anything but will sure make money for some companies. Kinda like the Covid vax!

    • I’m hanging on to my dinosaur burning V8 F150 to pull my 18′ dinosaur buring fishing machine at least until Teslas stop spontaneously combusting. The technology is just not there yet.

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