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Vermont's The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA)

April 15, 2020
By Staff

The global warming solutions act will raise energy costs and increase litigation in the state while doing nothing to prevent climate change.

Making Act 168’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction [aspirational] Goals of reducing statewide  greenhouse gas (to 25% below the 1990 level by 2012, 50% below by 2028, and “if practicable”, 75% below by 2050 (10 VSA 578) into mandatory requirements by allowing regulators, unchecked by elected representatives to enforce even steeper emission cuts would be bad for the economy, bad as a matter of law and principle, and do nothing to prevent climate change. Regarding the latter point, contrary to the claims of advocates for this change, the planet does not face a climate emergency, meriting decarbonizing every human activity—an impossible goal in any case.

This paper concludes: 

Unilateral mandatory action to reduce emissions will cripple the competitiveness of Vermont in the national economy. It will force Vermonters to rely on uncertain and inevitably more expensive energy sources in every aspect of their daily lives.

Enforcing a vast array of mandatory carbon emissions reduction rules will require an army of regulators and enforcers, leading to a Green Police State.

Most damning, the GWSA’s vast expansion of government power will be commenced without the record vote of a single member of the legislature. This is a shocking violation of the Vermont Constitution (Ch. I  Art. 6th) and an assault on democratic government itself.