VERMONT — All summer long, VPIRG interns have been knocking on doors, selling Vermonters on the vague idea a “carbon pricing” scheme for our state. These short presentations are misleading people about what is at stake if Vermont were to actually pass a Carbon Tax (a more accurate term that the VPIRG people avoid).
The VPIRG doorstep presentations do not inform citizens that implementing the carbon tax in Vermont as they propose will add 88¢ to every gallon of gasoline purchased, $1.02 to every gallon of home heating oil or diesel, and 58¢ for propane and natural gas. Instead, they misleadingly promise that the tax will be levied on out-of-state “big oil” types, without disclosing the fact that these costs will be passed along to you the consumer.
In order to correct these misleading half-truths, the Ethan Allen Institute has launched today an informational radio and social media campaign highlighting the true costs of the Carbon Tax, should it become law in Vermont.
The timeline for placing a Carbon Tax on Vermonters begins with passage of a bill in 2017, after this November’s elections. As such, now – before this coming election — is the time for Vermonters to become informed about the true details of the Carbon Tax, how it would work, who benefits, and who gets stuck with the bill.
The Ethan Allen Institute’s radio ad will run on stations throughout the state (Brattleboro, Colchester, Middlebury, Morrisville, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and Waterbury), and our social media effort begins with a commentary piece by former Weidmann CEO for North American Operations and chairman of the board for Associated Industries of Vermont, and now EAI board member, John Goodrich: The Carbon Tax Would Kill Jobs.
* * *Contact : Rob Roper Ethan Allen Institute President 802-999-8145 firstname.lastname@example.org