“Voting for a carbon tax in order to purposefully drive up Vermonters’ home heating bills in a state as cold as ours is reprehensible,” Redic said in a campaign statement. “To do this at a time of already record high prices and rampant inflation is beyond irresponsible.”
In the garden today, I was thinking about the many amazing Vermonters who are committed to the land and to each other.
H.715 misrepresents the word “Clean”. 350vt’s analysis of H.715 shows that more than 50% of it will be met by biofuels. The biofuel marketplace is exploding globally, trading the damaging effects of fossil fuels for the damaging effects of biofuel production.
The Clean Heat Standard is fraught with both unknowns and unrealistic goals, so the Legislature should wait for the March, 2023 report to answer important questions.
The amended Clean Heat Standard faces at least two more votes – one in the House, one in the Senate – before it’s sent to the governor, the advocacy group Vermont Stands Up reminds opponents of the bill.
Just before approving the Clean Heat Standard bill, two key Vermont senators agree: John McClaughry got it right, it really is a carbon tax.
The Clean Heat Standard penalizes the already chronically-abused Vermont middle class.
There needs to be a measure of reality for “clean heat credits.”
Will Phil Scott drop the veto hammer on the Clean Heat Standard if it lacks a follow-up report? Time will tell.
The objective of the Clean Heat Standard is to make using fossil fuels for home heating so prohibitively expensive that people give it up for other options.