The way net metering works is, electric customers who generate their own electricity, usually through solar panels, can sell any excess power they create back to the electric company. The company is mandated by law to buy it — and here’s the cost driver to the average ratepayer — at 21.8 cents per kilowatt hour.
If Gov. Phil Scott, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Tim Ashe, as well as our congressional leaders, are sincere about curtailing regulatory fatigue, they should listen to those who on a daily basis are required to comply with the thousands of pages of regulations.
“Your Commission clearly states that increased consumption will lead to more mental illness, more death on our highways, more child exposure and more state spending to address these and other problems. Governor Scott, please trust what your inner voice tells you is best for Vermont. Your fellow Vermonters know you as a person of common sense who can be trusted to do what is right for them and for their children.”
Bills can change radically between concepts and ratification, and even after ratification, laws can be changed. If it happened in the private sector, it would be called bait and switch.
Many people whine that using the Electoral College instead of the popular vote and majority rule is undemocratic. I’d say that they are absolutely right. Not deciding who will be the president by majority rule is not democracy. But the Founding Fathers went to great lengths to ensure that we were a republic and not a democracy.
For a billion and a half dollars every year, it seems to me that we ought to be getting better than 50 percent proficiency.
A wise person would advocate putting the horse before the cart — that is, first use less energy, then build out the much lesser capacity systems needed for the energy still being used. This is so simple. Most people get it, but most pro-carbon tax folks do not.
Sen. Claire Ayer and Rep. William Lippert do not want young healthy to drop their insurance. They are seriously considering shutting off this exit ramp for the young and healthy by creating a Vermont individual mandate to buy state-approved insurance.
The New Yorker caused a stir when it portrayed civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. kneeling alongside NFL protesters Colin Kaepernick and Michael Bennett on the cover of the most recent edition of its magazine.