Top News of ’21: Massachusetts climate czar tells VT to “turn the screws on” and “break their will” (Feb. 5)

by Guy Page

At the January 25 Vermont Climate Council meeting, members can be seen nodding their heads in apparent agreement as the Massachusetts climate czar tells them his plans to “turn the screws” on ordinary people, including senior citizens on fixed incomes, and “break their will.”

The shocking video, and description below, comes from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance:

“Today, a shocking new video has surfaced of David Ismay, Governor Baker’s Under Secretary for Climate Change, telling a group of Vermont based climate advocates that in order for Massachusetts to lower carbon emissions, the state needs to “break their will” and “turn the screws on” on ordinary people to force changes in their consumption of heating fuels and gasoline. Ismay described the ordinary people as the “person across the street” and the “senior on fixed income” and closed his statement by noting that, “I can’t even say that publicly.”

A video is available on the MassFiscal’s YouTube channel located here.

“Ismay’s direct quote is, “So let me say that again, 60% of our emissions that need to be reduced come from you, the person across the street, the senior on fixed income, right… there is no bad guy left, at least in Massachusetts to point the finger at, to turn the screws on, and you know, to break their will, so they stop emitting. That’s you. We have to break your will. Right, I can’t even say that publicly….” The remarks were made on January 25, 2021 at the Vermont Climate Council meeting. 

“You can share the video on your social media pages and forward this email to likeminded individuals.

“Ismay’s comments are simply reprehensible. He describes his target as ordinary people in Massachusetts like the elderly on fixed incomes and the person across the street.  They’re his target simply because they cannot change their lifestyles enough to be acceptable to his climate agenda. The weapon he intends to use to “turn the screws” on them is the new climate legislation and administrative tax increases like the Transportation and Climate Initiative, which seek to drive up costs in order to “break their will” and force decreases in consumption.

“It’s frightening to think an official so high up in the Baker administration is bragging to an out of state group about the economic pain he wants to inflict on the very people who he’s supposed to work for. Remarks like this have no place in state government. Ismay should be dismissed from his position in state government, as he’s clearly demonstrated he does not have the best interests of the residents of Massachusetts at heart.”

This isn’t the first eyebrow-raising comment to come out of the Vermont Climate Council. As reported on the Ericka Redic Show, Vermont racial equity director Xusana Davis said the carbon reduction mandates in last year’s Global Warming Solutions Act are a “tool of white supremacy” and should be abandoned in favor of more realistic, people-friendly goals.

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  1. All Roads – “climate change”, “racism”, “equity”, “white supremacy”, CRT, BLM, etc. – lead to Socialism.

  2. The impact of Vermont’s GWSA legislation and the Vermont Climate Council’s determinations will be directly proportional to the amount of dollars contributed by the “stakeholders”- the industries and groups benefitting from this socialist diktat- to 2022 election campaigns. Unfortunately for us mere citizens, we will not know whom and how much until after the legislature adjourns from their Covid- centered lair, probably in late May. There’s a whole lot of rules to be enacted to protect us from ourselves.
    Think about how many of your friends, neighbors and acquaintances have left Vermont in the last few years- and keep track of how many more leave in the next few.

  3. Go back and watch the video and pay close attention to the reactions of the participants. Nobody reacted at all!
    Great panel!

  4. How about the natives and the conservative/republican/independent/libertarians of Vermont tell the MASS “climate czar to go screw himself & we’ll break his head thereafter?

  5. How about I just give them the middle finger and leave the state…One less tax-payer to fund their insanity…

  6. How about we stand the hell up and not let this happen in our state ?!! These climate clowns are not even elect to this board as far as I understand. Why in the world are we even allowing this to happen? The easy way out is to just move to another state. I think it is time that we did the hard work and pushed back on this!

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