Vermont doesn’t need a carbon tax to reduce emissions and promote prosperity. Rather than impose a Macron-like tax, the state should pursue low-carbon prosperity.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced support for a carbon tax at a climate action conference in Fairlee. Politically speaking, it was a safe move. Burlington will win big in any plan that punishes rural people who live in older homes heated with oil and drive SUVs.
Environmentalists are searching for ways to explain why French President Emmanuel Macron’s full-throated effort to tackle global warming with higher gas taxes caused France’s working class to riot in the streets.
The French government was forced to scrap plans to increase taxes on carbon dioxide emissions Tuesday after weeks of protests, but the planned carbon taxes were not nearly as high as what the United Nations recommends.
Here in Vermont, McKibben and the carbon tax advocates want to put a tax on heating oil, gasoline, diesel, propane and natural gas that rises to $40 a ton after eight years.
The source of citizen ire is primarily a fuel tax on gasoline and diesel fuel amounting to 3.9 euro cents per liter on the former and 7 cents on the latter. Another increase of 2.9 cents 6.5 cents respectively is set for January.
When asked bluntly, even the most liberal voters hate carbon taxes. That was made evident in the state of Washington on Election Day.
In Washington State, the carbon tax initiative went down to defeat by a 56-44 margin.
A study released Wednesday casts doubt on many of the assurances made by carbon tax supporters, revealing such a fee on emissions would not bring substantial benefits to the environment or the economy.
In this State Headliners, the power grid chief is set to back a carbon tax, and feds approve Vermont Yankee sale.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates endorsed a Washington state proposal to implement a fee on carbon emissions Tuesday as environmentalists try to build popular support in the state to take action to cut emissions from fossil fuels.