A Springfield Democrat won’t change his vote supporting the Clean Heat Standard veto, despite pressure from House leadership.
If the Senate doesn’t fix a big snafu in the Clean Heat Standard bill passed by the House, both electrical utilities and heating fuel dealers will be claiming clean heat credits for the same heat pump.
“When John McClaughry says we’ve got a fuel tax, a carbon tax, I think John’s correct,” Sen. Mark MacDonald says.
The Legislature is moving fast on big items with longterm consequences for Vermont property owners and taxpayers.
Once again Vermont is leading the way….or taking one for the team… or something.
Vermont labor unions oppose the Clean Heat Standard because it funds climate change programs “on the backs of the working class.”
The legislators fashioning this red-hot poker of a policy know just how painful it will be for their constituents.
We soon learned we have no authority or ability to force out-of-state fuel dealers to buy Vermont credits. The only alternative was to stick a whole bunch of local mom & pop fuel dealerships with the mandate to buy credits.
The dormant commerce clause in the U.S. Constitution forbids the State of Vermont to make out-of-state fuel wholesalers buy clean heat credits.
Bills under discussion by House committees would create three separate race-related bureaucracies and fund transition to non-fossil fuel heat in state, local and private buildings.