Politics at its worst
With arbitrary enactment of the Shumlin tax, Vermont would send a negative message out to all businesses considering expansion or relocation to the state, while jeopardizing the amount of no emission carbon power it receives, at attractive prices. This would be both unfortunate, unnecessary, and clearly not the Vermont way. Shumlin should end the shakedown of Vermont Yankee now.
April 26, 2007
by Jennifer Clancy, Ph.D
in Rutland Herald
The ill-conceived, last-minute legislative proposal by Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin to impose a special, confiscatory $37 million tax on Vermont Yankee shows state politics at its worst.
This measure, which would pay for an energy-efficiency program, should be disturbing to all hard-working Vermonters, and those who are concerned with Vermont's business reputation. It is also very bad environmental policy because it discourages production from a clean energy source.
The Shumlin proposal comes as the Legislature grapples for a way to fund a global warming bill designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions via an expanded energy-efficiency program.
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