Editorial: A way to trump Trump

If you’re sick-to-your-stomach with Trump’s reckless actions that are undermining America’s fight against global warming (not to mention our role in world affairs, the long-term economy, health care, education, immigration, and on and on and on), here’s a positive step you can take to fight back: Share your ideas on what climate policies and solutions Vermont should pursue to meet its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
You can do that through Vermont’s Climate Action Commission, which is looking for short- and long-term solutions. The commission was established by Gov. Phil Scott this past July and is seeking to develop at least three recommendations by Jan. 1, 2018, that the governor can take action on. There’s a Dec. 14 deadline for submissions.
Here’s a juicy fact to stimulate your thinking: According to the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermonters spend almost $2 billion a year to heat their homes and get people and products where they need to go. Of that amount, $8 out of every $10, goes out of state into the pockets of fossil fuel giants like Exxon and Shell. If we can bend that curve and keep more of those dollars at home, we can employ more Vermonters and help create a more robust 21st Century economy.
A few ideas to ponder, as proposed by VNRC’s Johanna Miller, include: implementing a carbon tax; various ways to use the $18.7 million Environmental Mitigation Trust Funds the state will receive as part of the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement; expand weatherization investments. Be creative, be innovative, be involved and help Vermont be the state that shows a better way forward. Send your ideas to: anr.vcac@vermont.gov by Dec. 14.
Angelo Lynn, editor

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