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Meet Vt.'s new green policeman

strict "smart growth" land use control strategies,

mandated universal registration of greenhouse gas emissions,

a state managed "cap and trade" scheme covering CO2 emissions

aggressive implementation of Act 200's planning mandates,

new Act 250 rules to impose "carbon neutrality" on developments,

doubling (heavily subsidized) passenger rail traffic by 2028,

getting single-occupancy vehicles off the highways,

steeply increased sales and use taxes and registration fees on low-mpg vehicles,

energy efficiency standards that homeowners must meet before selling their homes.

Add to this other Shumlin favorites - the thermal efficiency utility funded by new heating fuel taxes, subsidies to the makers and users of approved renewable energy, and mandates on the utilities to buy "renewable" electricity at four times the market price - and you have a detailed blueprint for the Extreme Green Police State.

Some might not agree, so the proposed collaborative would also develop a indoctrination program: a "public education and engagement framework to encourage behavior change", through "social marketing strategies with broad ethical goals." An example: "in-depth, science-based in-school programs on energy efficiency and climate change at all levels."

Fortunately, in 2008, cooler heads prevailed. Most of the truly costly and dangerous provisions of the VPIRG agenda, including the super-government, shrank to relative insignificance in the House.

The collaborative was to have been funded through the inexhaustible General Fund. But since the General Fund now faces a $150 million deficit that nobody has yet explained how to cover, that seems problematic.

And if Gov. Shumlin and VPIRG achieve their heart's desire of shutting down Vermont Yankee, that favorite Shumlin target of extortion won't be generating any more revenues after 2012. So it's a good question what combination of mandated business spending, forced purchases, hidden taxes, and "fees" Gov. Shumlin can cobble together to finance this veritable Manhattan Project of Green Social Engineering.

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