Vermont Senate Passes Right to Sue if the State Fails to Meet Climate Targets

Vermont Senate Passes Right to Sue if the State Fails to Meet Climate Targets

State House in Montpelier—Vermont’s capital city. By Justin.A.Wilcox – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The sad spectacle of greens losing climate lawsuit after lawsuit has prompted Vermont’s legislators to create a special law to allow activists to sue the Vermont government.

Vermont Senate approves Global Warming Solutions Act

By Xander Landen
Jun 25 2020 | 24 reader footnotes

The Vermont Senate approved legislation Thursday that would legally mandate the state meet carbon emission reductions targets in the coming years, and allow individuals to sue the government if it doesn’t. 

The bill, H.688, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act, has been a priority this session of the Democratically-controlled Legislature.

The measure, which was approved in a vote of 22-6, would require the state to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to 26% below 2005 levels by 2025. Emissions would need to be 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050. 

Emissions have increased in recent years, with the most recent data from 2015 showing emissions 16% higher than 1990 levels. 

Proponents of the bill say that giving Vermonters a way to hold the state accountable for reducing emissions is essential to make sure the government actually meets its targets. 

“It’s about time we give citizens a tool, and it’s about time that we set up an actual process, to not just hope that we will get somewhere, but to, in fact, look at how could we possibly redesign our economy in a way that has us not importing fossil fuels,” Sen. Chris Pearson, D/P-Chittenden, the co-chair of the Legislature’s climate caucus, said on the virtual Senate floor. 

Read more: https://vtdigger.org/2020/06/25/vermont-senate-approves-global-warming-solutions-act/

The section which describes the right to sue;

§ 594. CAUSE OF ACTION

(a) Any person may commence an action based upon the failure of the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt or update rules pursuant to the deadlines in section 593 of this chapter.

(1) The action shall be brought pursuant to Rule 75 of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of Washington County.

(2) The complaint shall be filed within one year after expiration of the time in which the Secretary of Natural Resources was required to adopt or update rules pursuant to section 593 of this chapter. However, a person shall not commence an action under this subsection until at least 60 days after providing notice of the alleged violation to the Secretary.

(3) If the court finds that the Secretary has failed to adopt or update rules pursuant to the deadlines in section 593 of this chapter, the court shall enter an order directing the Secretary to adopt or update rules. If the court finds that the Secretary is taking prompt and effective action to adopt or update rules, the court may grant the Secretary a reasonable period of time to do so.

(b) Any person may commence an action alleging that rules adopted by the Secretary pursuant to section 593 of this chapter have failed to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions requirements pursuant to section 578 of this title.

(1) The action shall be brought in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of Washington County.

(2) The complaint shall be filed within one year after the Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory and Forecast published pursuant to section 582 of this title indicates that the rules adopted by the Secretary have failed to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions requirements pursuant to section 578 of this title. However, a person shall not commence an action under this subsection until at least 60 days after providing notice of the alleged violation to the Secretary.

(3) If the court finds that the rules adopted by the Secretary pursuant to section 593 of this chapter are a substantial cause of failure to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions requirements pursuant to section 578 of this title, the court shall enter an order remanding the matter to the Secretary

BILL AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE H.688 2020 Page 37 of 39

to adopt or update rules that achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reductions requirements consistent with this chapter. If the court finds that the Secretary is taking prompt and effective action to comply, the court may grant the Secretary a reasonable period of time to do so.

(c) In an action brought pursuant to this section, a prevailing party or substantially prevailing party:

(1) that is a plaintiff shall be awarded reasonable costs and attorney’s fees unless doing so would not serve the interests of justice; or

(2) that is a defendant may be awarded reasonable costs if the action was frivolous or lacked a reasonable basis in law or fact.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the rights, procedures, and remedies available under any law, including the Vermont Administrative Procedure Act pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25.

Read more: https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2020/Docs/BILLS/H-0688/H-0688%20As%20passed%20by%20the%20House%20Official.pdf

I’m not an expert in Vermont constitutional law, but if they wanted to surely a future senate and assembly could rescind this new law, before any claims could be brought before the courts?

It is not clear where Vermont plans to source the renewable energy they will need to achieve zero emissions. Vermont already has extensive hydroelectric power, so its likely most of the good hydro sites are already in use. Vermont is not exactly known for its sun drenched fields. I guess wind power may be an option – when the wind blows.

Planned Mt Rushmore Attack The Arlington Report

Planned mt. rushmore attack

Planned Mt. Rushmore Attack Stopped Cold By Governor

by The Bearded Patriota day ago251Views

All across the country, political operatives have torn down countless statues of historical figures. Moving well beyond Confederate leaders, these anarchists have destroyed numerous monuments that honored heroes. The question was asked, will Mount Rushmore be next? The governor of South Dakota weighed in, setting the record straight.

If you thought the movement to remove statues was just about Confederate icons, think again. This wave of destruction—motivated by Democrat-controlled group BLM—is about erasing our national heritage. This group wants Americans to hate the very men and women who built this country. It has little to do with lashing out at slavery—since they’ve destroyed monuments of abolitionists and Lincoln himself.

This is all about trying to destroy our identity and replace it with something else. What, you may ask? It’s simple: the godless and corrupt identity of Marxism. The forces behind this movement need to get Americans to hate and forget our heritage of independence and liberty, so they can install the all-consuming power of socialism. Few Americans would sit back and let socialism just take over. But if were all hated what America represents, then maybe we would.

The question was asked if these vandals would go after Mount Rushmore next. Governor Noem had a simple reply.

Commenting on the absurdity of the mob crusade, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro rhetorically asked earlier this week when “our woke historical revisionist priesthood” would come for Mount Rushmore, which is located in South Dakota…Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem quickly chimed in, “Not on my watch.”“The men on Mt. Rushmore helped make America the greatest country in history,” Noem wrote in a tweet posted Wednesday, captioning her appearance on Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends.”

“They weren’t perfect; nobody is,” she added. “But we should learn from their example and work together to accomplish their dreams for our country.” [Source: Daily Wire]

Don’t be fooled. If these idiots can muster enough manpower, they’d happily scale the side of Mount Rushmore to deface it. Heck, if they could get their hands on enough dynamite, they might just try to blow it up!

This is a group who vandalized the Lincoln Memorial. Who promised to tear down a statue that commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation. They are deliberately spitting on the part of our history when we freed the slaves. Do you really think they wouldn’t spare a monument as prominent and iconic as Mount Rushmore?

Like I said, this isn’t about slavery or racism. This is about stamping out our identity. This is about manipulating Americans to hate who we are, so we’ll embrace a toxic economic/political system.

Gov. Noem didn’t mince any words when she refused to let Mount Rushmore be touched. She herself accused this destruction as “a radical rewriting of our history.” She said South Dakota loves the mountain and the monument.

Because it is a federal work, Mount Rushmore is protected by federal law. While cowardly Democrats at the state and local levels allow vandals to destroy monuments, they won’t get away with that in South Dakota. President Trump has promised swift prosecution against vandals who destroy federally-protected monuments, with up to ten years in prison.

We can safely say that if anyone tries to touch Rushmore, they will face the brunt of the federal government. The fact that the state’s governor is on board with defending the monument means there won’t be any local cowards encouraging or bowing to the mob.

But what about all our other landmarks and monuments? Will our leaders bother to stand up to this radical, un-American group? Will they do the right thing are refuse to erase our history?

I guess that’s up to them.

Hypocrite Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer Begs Trump For Bail Out

Hypocrite Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer Begs Trump For Bail Out

Tyrannical mayors and governors that shut down their economy and kept it close for far too long are now looking to Washington to pay for their inane actions. I say no. Why should Republican states that were acting responsibly pay for the mistakes of the Democratic-run states?

Their death tolls were much higher than they needed to be due to the fact they were sending DTMNBN (Disease That Must Not Be Named ) to nursing homes where they could infect the elderly and infirm who are most at risk from the virus. 40% of all DTMNBN deaths were at nursing homes.

And tax revenue collections mare way down because states have remained closed for way too long. Whitmer claims lost revenue will amount to $6 billion dollars over the next two years. Michigan is still mostly closed for business.

Some states are even demanding money to bail out their pension systems that were terribly mismanaged. I doubt that Republicans are willing to spend up to a trillion dollars to bail out those states that are in trouble not relating to DTMNBN.

From The Gateway Pundit

Whitmer took to the streets last week and marched with Black Lives Matter while Michigan was still under a Coronavirus lockdown order.

She encouraged leftists to protest in the streets while telling small businesses and churches they must remain closed because of the Coronavirus.

Earlier this month, the tyrannical governor joined the radical call to “defund the police.”

Now Whitmer wants President Trump to give her a bailout.

Via WILX:

During her press conference, the governor listed the amount of money the state has spent in fighting COVID-19. She said the state has more than $436 million fighting COVID-19 in the past 10 weeks, which is money the state wasn’t planning on spending when the budget was set a year ago, on top of the $3 billion the state has already lost in tax revenue.

The governor said there is no way to cut spending enough to fill the estimated $6 billion hole over the next two years. She called on the federal government to come together to help Michigan and other states facing budget challenges. Under the current federal cares act, states can’t use federal aid money to pay for things that were in the budget before the pandemic started.

Hypocrite Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer Begs Trump For Bail Out

L’Oreal to remove words like ‘whitening’ from skin products #OurWorld

L’Oreal to remove words like ‘whitening’ from skin products

The company’s advertising has been the target of criticism, that it’s focused on white consumers, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody.

PARIS, France — French cosmetics giant L’Oreal said Saturday that it will remove words like “whitening” from its skin care products, a move that comes amid global protests against racism sparked by the death of George Floyd in the United States.

The company said in a statement Saturday that it “has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products.”

L’Oreal’s decision follows a similar move by Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever on Thursday. It is among a number of companies that have been the target of criticism in the wake of Floyd’s death following his arrest in Minneapolis. FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 23, 2012, the L’Oreal logo at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. In a statement issued Saturday June 27, 2020, French cosmetics giant L’Oreal says it will remove words like “whitening” from its skin care products following criticism of the company amid global protests against racism. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, FILE) AP

Earlier this month, L’Oreal tweeted that that it “stands in solidarity with the Black community and against injustice of any kind. … Speaking out is worth it.” The post drew a negative reaction from people who see the company’s business model and advertising as focused on white consumers.

English model Munroe Bergdorf notably accused the beauty brand of hypocrisy for having fired her three years ago. Bergdorf was sacked as L’Oreal UK’s first openly transgender model in 2017 for decrying “the racial violence of white people.”

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