By John McClaughry
Here two takes on a carbon tax from two very different Vermonters.
Lawrence Zupan was the Republican candidate against Bernie Sanders last November. He writes:
For the wealthy, a carbon tax would be an inconvenience. For the rest of us, a carbon tax is a catastrophe. How very revealing it is that the same political group, which loudly proclaims their concern for the poor and disadvantaged by promoting more of their government provided compassion, is willing to sacrifice those same souls on the green altar of carbon neutrality. Whatever you believe about the effects of carbon dioxide emissions, this tax is simply wrong. So, yes, this proposed tax is not a symbol of sound environmental stewardship — it is a symbol of the callous cluelessness of its proudly self-righteous proponents.
Now here’s another take, from Dave Bellini, president of the Vermont State Employees Association, who I call a hard-nosed liberal:
I do NOT support a carbon tax or any other gimmick, mechanism, adjustment, cap & trade, fossil fee, etc. Many Vermonters commute to work by necessity and need LOWER gasoline prices not higher gasoline prices. Home heating oil is expensive enough already. Please don’t do anything that will drive up the cost to get to work and to heat one’s home. I’m not against all taxes but take it easy on the people that get up in the morning and go to work.
It’s hard to argue with either of these guys.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.