Letter to Gov. Scott Re: Carbon tax — Kathleen Guinness

I have found you to be very fair and open-minded to the plight of Vermonters. In the case of climate justice, I have found you to be the same. When you were campaigning for governor you said on your website, “Listening is more important than talking; and actions speak louder than words,” adding that “By genuinely listening to Vermonters, I have found that constituents have the best ideas…” I hope you will continue in this thoughtful vein as the subject of a carbon tax arises, as so many of your constituents repeatedly have risen in your Climate Action Commission hearings.

It was particularly disappointing to hear that after receiving so many recommendations in favor of “funding the solutions with a price on pollution,” you chose to release a statement immediately condemning any version of a carbon tax on the basis that “we can’t make Vermont more affordable by making it less affordable.”

I say, we cannot afford not to have one. How can we put a price on the future of the planet and our children’s, children’s, children’s future? We owe it to them to try everything in our power to cut down on carbon emissions which cause such harm to the ozone layer of our dear planet. I do not like to think of my great-grandchildren being in the same situation as polar bears are now – on thin ice with nowhere to go.

I plead you to take seriously the many opportunities carbon pricing can have for our “Brave Little State” and ensure those same opportunities are available for our grandchildren.

Thanks for listening. I pray you will make the right choice.

Kathleen Guinness
Poultney

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