Seen this editorial about the CT “conservation charge”?

September 8, 2017

Please read and share the editorial below, then email a brief comment to DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov saying “I OPPOSE a new tax on CT heating oil!”

Copy me on the email at Len.Suzio@cga.ct.gov – thank you!

(Waterbury Republican-American Editorial)

 Oil tax revived

 Connecticut Democratic lawmakers have endured frustration for many years over their inability to impose a tax on home-heating-oil and propane sales.

Thanks to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), they may finally get what they want.

The DEEP’s draft comprehensive energy strategy, presented during a hearing in Torrington on Sept. 5, would establish a “conservation charge” for oil and propane customers.

Because these fuels produce more harmful emissions than natural gas does, environmentalists at the DEEP are eager to phase them out.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration initiated a plan, approved by regulators four years ago, to expand the availability of gas service in the state.

But taxing people who have no access to gas lines – in essence, punishing them for using a dirty fuel without providing them with an alternative – would be unfair, especially in a state where 44 percent of homes are heated with oil or propane.

 Even environmentalists should be troubled by this proposal; surely they know Connecticut lawmakers who support the “conservation charge” will snatch the money away from “green” causes to cover general operating expenses the first chance they get.