At 11 AM Wednesday December 4, in the Pavilion Building auditorium on State Street, Montpelier, the Agency of Natural Resources will give legislators a status briefing on the Transportation & Climate Initiative, the 13-state proposed 'stealth carbon tax.'Read more
Gov. Phil Scott told reporters yesterday he wants to see the details about the proposed Transportation Climate Initiative, a multi-state plan to assess a carbon pollution fee on state gasoline and diesel fuel dealers. But if it’s a carbon tax, he’s agin’ it.Read more
Any or all of these carbon-reduction initiatives could come up in the 2020 Legislature:
- multi-state transportation "stealth" carbon tax
- Direct carbon tax
- Pension fund divestment of fossil fuels
- Expanded plastics ban (read on for climate impact)
- Requiring government regulators to reduce carbon emissions whenever and wherever possible
…as well as more renewable transportation spending, climate-minded forest management, and Act 250 reform required by law to address climate change.Read more
The mayor of the university town of Burlington announced his support for a statewide carbon tax. The tax will cut carbon emissions by 37% and “virtually” all the money will go back to the Vermonters who paid it - “virtually” meaning the State of Vermont and the renewable power industry will get a share, too.Read more
While Vermont legislators are scared about voter backlash to passing a carbon tax per se, they may have an opportunity next year to get a ‘stealth’ carbon tax by giving the nod to the multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative. Gov. Scott says he wants to see how it would affect Vermonters before he turns thumbs up or down.Read more
Will Vermont’s legislature – willing at heart to save Vermont from carbon emissions but sometimes timid in action – resolve to further empower state government to do its part to fight climate change? Or will it effectively ignore the Climate Strike protesters to ban fossil fuels in favor of Vermonters who don’t want to see the state’s economy go down the toilet just to make a statement?
The Burlington City Council decided Monday night to sell carbon credits for the trees in its city parks. Pat Bradley of New York Public Radio station WAMC reports. Working through a carbon offset company, the credits would be purchased by state and other entities looking to meet carbon goals. Well, if someone is buying.....Read more
A regional plan to carbon-tax gasoline and diesel in Vermont and other northeastern states is moving towards finalization in December and will likely go to the Legislature for approval next year. The Legislature and the governor may say they don't want a carbon tax, but......