ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE

ACTION ALERT: NEW CARBON TAX WILL INCREASE THE COST OF HOME HEATING AND GASOLINE IN MAINE

Defeat LD 434!

This bill will put a 40 cents per gallon tax on heating oil and gasoline and other carbon-based fuels by 2027, giving the money to CMP and Emera to use for “rebates.”

This bill is designed to decrease Mainer’s use of carbon-based fuels like heating oil, gasoline, diesel, and kerosene by putting a tax on a gallon of fuel that will be passed on to the consumer. The tax is by “carbon content” of the fuel and is equivalent to about 5 cents per gallon of fuel in the first year of the tax.  It increases each year, starting in 2021-22 at 5 cents a gallon until reaching the full tax of 40 cents a gallon in 2027-28.

It is laudable to protect the environment, but this bill imposes too great a cost on Maine’s people, especially our elderly on fixed incomes, our businesses and our commuters. Forty cents a gallon is too high a price to pay—on top of our gas tax—to fill your car or to heat your home in the winter.  Furthermore, directing the money to the utilities that transmit and deliver electricity is not returning the funds to the people who are paying this tax out of pocket.

The hearing on this bill will be Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. You can contact the committee members and let them know your thoughts on this bill.

LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine

Views: 174

Comment

You need to be a member of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine to add comments!

Join Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 25, 2019 at 7:36pm

Keep your ears open, Mt. Washington wind steady at 140+ mph with gusts to 170+ in the last 90 min.  Cell tower on Sugarloaf bent double knocking WTOS off the air.  Will we lose and cell towers of blades?

Comment by Long Islander on February 25, 2019 at 7:32pm

Gov LePage on 2/26/19: They're tying the $700 million carbon tax to the CMP transmission - that's an attack on the poor and the elderly; I find that repulsive......I will lead an effort to repeal the carbon tax".

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/governor-mills-says-yes...

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 25, 2019 at 12:19pm

Let this sink in.....NOTHING MAINE DOES WILL MATTER!  "CoalSwarm published a report on September 26 warning that 259 gigawatts of coal power capacity – equivalent to the entire coal power fleet of the United States – is being built in China despite government policies restricting new builds..."    https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/10761-China-is-building-coal-pow...

Comment by Willem Post on February 24, 2019 at 2:13pm

Carbon Tax Impact On A Typical Vermont and Maine Family, as reported on VTDigger:

 

Any tax, including a carbon tax, passing through the hands of government suffers from "the sticky fingers syndrome", 2 dollars go in about 1.5 dollars come out. The difference stays to feed the growing government bureaucracy. 

The key word missing in most discussions is UNILATERAL. VT's government imposing on Vermonters a unilateral carbon tax is like shooting them in the feet. 

If the carbon tax were nationwide, I would support it.

The carbon tax would: 


- Impose a $10/ton tax of carbon emitted in 2017, increasing to $100/ton in 2027.
- Generate about $100 million in state revenue in 2019, about $520 million in 2027.
- Be added to the fuel prices at gas stations and fuel oil/propane dealers. 
- Drivers should expect a tax increase of 9 c/gal of gasoline in 2018, increasing to about 89 cents in 2027.

- Homeowners, schools, hospitals, businesses, etc., should expect a tax increase of 58 c/gal of propane and $1.02/gal of heating oil and diesel fuel in 2027. 

- A typical household (two wage earners, two cars, in a free-standing house) would pay additional taxes in 2027 of about:

- Some of the carbon tax extortion would be at the pump, some when the monthly fuel bills arrive, and some as higher prices of OTHER goods and services.

 

Driving = $0.89/gal x 2 x 12000 miles/y x 1/(30 miles/gal) = $712/y

Heating = $1.02/gal x 800 gal/y = $816/y

Total carbon tax in 2027 = $1528/y

Sales tax reduction 5/6 x 1400 = $233/y

Net tax increase = $1295/y  

 

- The hypocritical sop of reducing the sales tax from 6 to 5 percent would save that household about $233 in sales taxes, for a net loss of $1295 in 2027. That means such households, the backbone of the Vermont economy, would have about $1300/y less to make ends meet.

- Many of these households have had stagnant or declining, spendable real incomes (after taxes, fees, surcharges; other recurring expenses, etc.), plus dealing with a near-zero, real-growth Vermont economy, since 2000.

- With less real income, and higher real prices for goods and services, they also would have to make their own energy efficiency improvements.

  http://watchdog.org/250281/carbon-tax-debate-vermont/

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 22, 2019 at 2:58pm

THIEVING BASTARDS! 

Comment by Penny Gray on February 22, 2019 at 1:41pm

I have a bright yellow highway worker's jacket.  I'm all set to go.

Comment by Dan McKay on February 22, 2019 at 10:34am

Thinklike A, Mountain, right now it is a bill, not a referendum question for the voters.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on February 22, 2019 at 10:30am

Washington State Voters Reject Carbon Dioxide Tax, Again

For the second time in two years, Washington State voters rejected a proposal to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

Fifty-six percent of those voting in Washington’s midterm elections said no to a referendum that would have made the state the first in the nation to tax carbon dioxide emissions and the first government anywhere to impose the tax through a direct popular vote.

Continue reading the rest of the article at the following weblink:

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/11/washington-state-voters-reje…

 

France halting climate change fuel tax in wake of Paris riots

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/france-halting-climate-...

Comment by John F. Hussey on February 22, 2019 at 9:37am

Dan, I like your idea!

Comment by Dan McKay on February 22, 2019 at 9:35am

I am not sure if the real motive of this proposed legislation isn't to create a demand for yellow vests.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

Not yet a member?

Sign up today and lend your voice and presence to the steadily rising tide that will soon sweep the scourge of useless and wretched turbines from our beloved Maine countryside. For many of us, our little pieces of paradise have been hard won. Did the carpetbaggers think they could simply steal them from us?

We have the facts on our side. We have the truth on our side. All we need now is YOU.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

 -- Mahatma Gandhi

"It's not whether you get knocked down: it's whether you get up."
Vince Lombardi 

Task Force membership is free. Please sign up today!

© 2019   Created by Webmaster.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service