You’ve got to hand it to David Sunderland, chair of the VTGOP. When he gets hold of a notion, he just doesn’t let go. No matter how stupid the notion may be.
Today’s exhibit: Not content with a series of inflammatory press releases against the carbon tax, which is not on the Legislature’s agenda, nor will it be anytime soon, Sunderland has launched a new website aimed specifically at the carbon tax. Which is not on the agenda, nor will it be anytime soon.
But brave Dave won’t let the facts get in his way on this, any more than the scientific consensus on climate change has penetrated his brain. The website depicts a doomsday scenario for Vermont, and the Demcrats as the evil villains plotting the state’s demise.
Well, as Hillary Clinton told one of the House Benghazi Committee bozos, “I’m sorry that it doesn’t fit your narrative. I can only tell you what the facts were.”
Turning the page… more developments on the Climate Change Debate saga.
This began with VPIRG’s Paul Burns challenging Sunderland to a public debate on the carbon tax, and Sunderland deflecting the challenge to VT Democratic Party chair Dottie Deans.
So now, Rob Roper and John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute have returned the challenge to Burns, challenging him to a sort-of bridge game style debate: Roper and McClaughry versus Burns and VPIRG staffer Ben Walsh, or another partner of Burns’ choosing.
Burns, to his credit, responded quickly and enthusiastically:
I’d be very happy to debate these issues with you and John. Depending on availability, Jon Erickson of the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School will be joining me. I look forward discussing logistics sometime soon.
Getcha popcorn, folks. Should be a fun event, unless Roper and McClaughry get cold feet.
It won’t really be a debate on the carbon tax, of course. McClaughry is an unapologetic climate change denier, while Roper is against any action by Vermont to mitigate climate change, so the debate is likely to go to the underlying issue. And since the Ethan Allen Boys are on the opposite side of the scientific community, I think we can count on a solid win for the good guys.