Rub-a-Dub Dub, Three Bills in a Tub [PHIL-OSOPHY]
No matter how many showers I take, I still have unclean thoughts about the recent three Senate bills the climate doom-mongers took up on Beacon Hill. These bills – S.2476, S.2477 and S.2478 – together will increase nanny state government on how you live, controlling what showerhead you can use to what dishwasher you can have. What's more, they'll tax you on driving your vehicle and heating your home.
For instance, S.2476 increases the provision for electric vehicle charging stations in parking lots with more than 10 spaces. This includes residential lots, too. It also insists upon all taxpayer-funded state vehicles to change over to expensive zero-emissions vehicles by certain dates.
Then there's S.2477, which is an unadulterated carbon tax that will exacerbate your cost of living because it establishes net-neutral gas emissions standards by 2050. It delivers the goods by taxing CO2 emissions, meaning we will pay more for electricity, gas, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, trash disposal, and food.
And S.2478, to a great degree, inflates the Massachusetts Appliance Efficiency Standards Act to increase regulations on consumer and commercial products. It adopts California energy regulations and mandates specific flow volumes required for more expensive showerheads, dishwashers, faucets, toilets, and urinals by January 1, 2022.
The 14th-century rub-a-dub rhyme with the butcher, the baker and candlestick-maker denotes people of various trades or businesses, considered collectively. In other words, all of us everyday, hard-working folks who keep getting whacked by the climate plug-uglies.
Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.