Earlier this month, a Massachusetts bureaucrat defined the way government looks at its
A Massachusetts climate official said people who heat their homes and fuel their cars will need to have their “will” broken in order to combat emissions and climate change.
“I know one thing that we found in our analysis is that 60% of our emissions come from … residential heating and passenger vehicles,” said David Ismay, Massachusetts, undersecretary for climate change, during a virtual meeting with the Vermont Climate Council. “Let me say that again: 60% of our emissions that need to be reduced come from you, the person on your street, the senior on fixed-income. Right now, there is no bad guy left, at least in Massachusetts, to point the finger at and turn the screws on and now break their will, so they stop emitting. That’s you. We have to break your will.”
Ismay reasoned that climate agencies were running out of options.
“We can’t have no offshore wind, no transmission, no solar, and have clean energy,” he said. “Something has to give. There has to be some mechanism we trust to find a place to site a transmission line.”
But Ismay also admitted his remarks would not be popular.
“I can’t even say that publicly,” Ismay said.
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Frankly, I'm astonished the good people of Massachusetts didn't rise up in a body and run Mr. Ismay out of town on a rail (after the suitable application of tar and feathers). If any North Texas government official said something like that, I venture to doubt he'd make it home to his family in safety that night. Almost everyone's instant reaction would be, "Oh, yeah? Well, break this!"
Nevertheless, that's the way our current Administration seems to think about energy. It's all about the Green New Deal, which means big bucks for their supporters and sycophants, all the energy they want for their own homes and vehicles, and not very much for the rest of us.
The "consent of the governed" is normally regarded as a foundational principle of government. Clearly, Mr. Ismay and his ilk don't share that perspective. Perhaps someone should educate him.