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Commentary: Phil Scott’s Challenge

by Rob Roper What happens when an irresistible force meets and unmovable object? Vermonters will find out in January when the new Republican governor officially takes office along...

Commentary: ObamaCare’s Year of Reckoning

by John McClaughry  It now seems increasingly likely that most of President Obama’s signature achievement, ObamaCare, will end up on the scrap heap by the end of 2017,...

Vermont’s Energy Policy Is Out Of Touch with The People, Culture, And Economy of the State. See the Latest EAI Video

The Ethan Allen Institute released this week a ten-minute video overview of Vermont’s current energy policy and what it means for the future of our state. In a...

Commentary: Carbon Tax Will Hurt Towns, Schools, and Property Taxpayers

by Wendy Wilton A carbon tax on gasoline, diesel, home heating fuel and propane will negatively impact Vermont’s already struggling economy. In just a few years from passage...

Yes, The Plan Is To Pass A Carbon Tax in 2017 

By Rob Roper  Back in December of 2014 Rep. Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, gave an interview about Carbon Tax legislation he...

Commentary: Carbon Tax Would Kill Jobs

by John Goodrich For nearly 38 years I had the privilege to work for one of the most important companies in the Northeast Kingdom. St. Johnsbury-based Weidmann puts...

VT Legislator Roll Call Profiles (2016 Update)

Are Your Representatives Representing YOU? See How They Voted on Key Issues.   INTRODUCTION The following  collection of Legislator Roll Call Vote Profiles is brought to you as...

John McClaughry’s Rebuttal and Closing Statement vs. VPIRG

On December 3, the Ethan Allen Institute debated representatives of the Energy Independence Vermont coalition over whether or not Vermont should enact a Carbon Tax. The following are...

Rob Roper’s Opening Argument vs VPIRG on Carbon Tax

Rob Roper Why should Vermont enact a tax on Carbon? A tax that would ultimately artificially increase the cost of gasoline, according to proposed legislation, by 89-cents a...
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Carbon Tax Warriors Regrouping for a New Attack

by Rob Roper Dan Barlow, executive director for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, posted on Facebook this weekend, “Thank you to Vermont Natural Resources Council for inviting me...

Trump, Energy, and EPA

by John McClaughry A week ago Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal wrote that the climate activists are aghast at Trump’s pick of Myron Ebell to head his...

Mideast Meltdown 2009-2016

by John J Metzler UNITED NATIONS—The tumultuous events which have swept the Mideast like a malevolent sandstorm have hardly abated; crises and conflict are now nearly entrenched. Thus...

College Says Pensions Wrong Arena for Social Investing

“While social investing raises complex issues, public pension funds are not suited for this activity.” – Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Last week, the Center for...

Lunge Appointment to GMCB the Ugliest Kind of Cronyism

by Rob Roper Governor Peter Shumlin was pretty much run out of town on a rail, nearly losing his election to Scott Milne in 2014 and, seeing the...

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