It is sad that the governor, in his budget speech, despite all the dire predictions about global heating and what it is going to mean for us in coming decades, still refuses to do anything significant about addressing the issue. Electric cars are not, by themselves, the answer. I drive an all-electric Leaf but I fully appreciate that it takes a huge amount of fossil fuels to make the car and its batteries and I have to drive it for a few years to offset those emissions with the renewable energy from my solar system.

A real good example of a political leader leading the way is Rep. Curt McCormack from Burlington who endures some challenges in not driving any car.

Governor Scott, how about you really leading the way with some solutions that will almost surely result in reductions of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions? A recent study has shown that for a carbon pricing policy carefully crafted, those of lower incomes could receive more in rebates than they would pay in costs. Let’s get on that track, Governor Scott, instead of the race car track.

George Plumb

Washington

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AlfredSBlakey

George, "A recent study has shown that for a carbon pricing policy carefully crafted, those of lower incomes could receive more in rebates than they would pay in costs."

There in lies the failure of such a policy.

The issue is not distribution of the tax, the issue is collecting the tax from the proper source.

Spring cleanup would not be needed if people did not throw the trash in the first place.

A painful tax on the producers, not the users, is what is needed. Take the profit out of fossil fuel and the move to a carbon reduction paradigm will follow.

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