Roll Call! Senate Bans More Appliances Via Efficiency Standards (25-4), 2018

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PASSED
in the State Senate on May 9th, 2018 by a vote of
25-4

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Purpose: To apply efficiency standards to over a dozen appliances, including showerheads, computers and telephones.
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Analysis: This bill would increase the number of appliances that are subject to Vermont’s energy efficiency standards.
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Those voting YES believe that some appliances are too energy-intensive, and that Vermonters should not be allowed to purchase them.
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Those voting NO believe that Vermonters should be allowed to decide for themselves the costs and benefits of a variety of appliances. The ones who will be most hurt by this legislation are poor Vermonters who may have to forgo purchasing much needed appliances because the up-front cost of the high-efficiency models is greater than the models that do not meet efficiency standards.
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Vermont’s energy efficiency standards have been in place since 2005.
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Senate Journal, Thursday, May 9th, 2018. “Thereupon, the bill was read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment on a roll call, Yeas 25, Nays 4.” (Read the Journal, p. 1419-1420)
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How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – NOT VOTING
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – NO
Francis Brooks (D-Washington) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
David Soucy (R-Rutland) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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joe June 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

just another reason to call VT an annex of CA and
more people to move out!

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Mary F Daly June 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm

So are Electric Cars energy efficient? I think not if you are measuring the amount of electricity needed to run them. I also wonder about safety as pedestrians won’t hear them coming like we do gas fueled cars. Watch for increased auto pedestrian accidents.

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Stuart Lindberg June 6, 2018 at 1:09 am

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

― C.S. Lewis

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