Meet Vt.'s new green policeman

Vermonters need to grasp the fact that after eight years of Gov. Jim Douglas agreeing in principle with most of the Green arguments, but leaning against action steps that would undermine the economy, jack up tax rates, and invade people's liberties, they now have a governor eager to lead us out of the slough of inactivity.

The only countervailing force is the people of Vermont. They need to say, loudly, that efficiency is good, cost-effective renewable energy is good, but the VPIRG-style Green Police State is a threat to our prosperity and liberties, and the legislators who vote for any more of this stuff will pay for it dearly two years hence.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org).

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