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Discussion on Vermont's energy future reignites talk of renewable energy and carbon tax debate

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont has made great strides in boosting its renewable energy portfolio during the past decade, and should now consider a carbon tax to encourage consumers to move away from fossil fuels and generate funds to help low-income residents make their homes more weather tight.

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Carbon tax and solar arrays spur debate

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — At the legislative breakfast at the Congregational Church of Weybridge on April 13, lawmakers and citizens in attendance discussed energy topics facing Vermont, including the usefulness of a carbon tax and the spread of solar arrays.

The notion of a carbon tax to discourage the use of fossil fuels and create more capital for individuals, businesses and the state to invest in renewable energy. The Legislature has been discussing some carbon tax bills, but they have not been gaining much traction at the Statehouse.

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Carbon tax, solar arrays spur debate

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — At the legislative breakfast at the Congregational Church of Weybridge on Monday, lawmakers discussed the future of education reform in Vermont (see story, here).

Other discussion at Monday’s breakfast focused on:

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Opinion: Carbon tax good for Vermonters

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Spencer Putnam



An unusual new tax is under discussion in Montpelier right now. It’s unusual because the proceeds will go right back into the pockets of Vermonters. And it’s unusual because the sponsors would be happy if you did everything possible to avoid paying this tax.

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Opinion: Carbon tax would lead to better energy options in state

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Wendy McArdle



Energy Independent Vermont recently proposed adopting a revenue neutral carbon tax in Vermont. The concept is simple. Tax what you don’t want — carbon pollution — to drive demand for cleaner, carbon-free forms of heat, transportation and electricity. As a mother who wants to leave my daughters a healthy planet and a sustainable economy, I support a carbon tax because it is the best way to achieve both.

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Eric Davis: Canadian province offers carbon tax data

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



A coalition of Vermont environmental groups recently held a press conference in Montpelier advocating that the Legislature enact a carbon tax in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in Vermont.

The environmentalists were joined by Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, who said that a carbon tax bill would be one of his committee’s high priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

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Opinion: It's not smart to put the economy ahead of protecting climate

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Heidi Willis



In the guest editorial in the Nov. 24 edition of this paper, Emerson Lynn scoffs at the recent launch of an effort to introduce a carbon tax. The tax, he says, will stunt economic growth and affirm Vermont as an expensive place to live. He does acknowledge that a carbon tax would be an effective way to reduce fossil fuel use and address climate change. But economic growth and job creation is more important than addressing climate change, in his view.

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Guest editorial: 45-cent gas tax? That's nuts

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If several Vermont environmental groups and key policy makers have their way, the Legislature will impose a tax on gasoline and heating fuels, raising the price of a gallon of gas an estimated 45 cents. This will be Vermont’s way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions.

They are delusional.

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Opinion: Carbon tax could help pay for weatherization efforts

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Fran Putnam



Your extensive and excellent coverage of the People’s Climate March in New York accurately portrayed the remarkable gathering of people who came together to express our deep concern about climate change. The mood at the march was overwhelmingly hopeful, but as your guest editorial asked, “What, really, was accomplished?”

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