Ever wonder what our citizen legislature is up to under the golden dome? Why, they are looking for ways to make Vermont more expensive to live in, of course!
The latest offender is a bill that will mandate that only “energy efficient” appliances can be sold in Vermont.
You can read all the gory details in the Free Press here.
According to the article, “Some appliances will be more expensive because they have to meet stricter standards, some of the bill’s backers acknowledged.”
But, they don’t really care as long as they are fulfilling their liberal obligation to make it look like they are doing something important, while in fact they are really just trying to break Vermont into that number one spot as the most expensive and business unfriendly state in the union.
Great job, guys! That’s what we keep electing you for.
Among the types of appliances covered under the bill are furnaces, transformers, power supply cords like those used to recharge cell phones, and some types of floor lamps. The Department of Public Service will be charged with setting the efficiency standards. They can also add appliances that are in any of the categories listed in the bill. And of course, the legislature can always pass more legislation to add new categories.
I think it goes without saying that I dislike this legislation because I am an evil conservative, who hates the environment, but another reason to dislike this legislation is because it is another example of the government taking away our freedom as consumers and as business owners.
What I don’t understand is how, in a state full of liberals, we don’t already have an overwhelming voluntary compliance with the policy of purchasing energy efficient appliances. Maybe the legislature should call for a summer study committee to look into that.
On the bright side, VPIRG likes the bill, as does “Republican” Chittenden County Senator Diane Snelling.
Phew! That makes me feel better!
Says the VPIRG environmental advocate, “”If this goes into effect, it would generate enough in energy savings to equal the output of 26 wind turbines.”
Twenty-six fewer wind turbines needed? Maybe there is a bright side to this legislation after all.