by Peter Freyne
But I thought Vermont was a strong, pro-environment state?
Yet in one historic skirmish in what will be a global environmental war to prevent Mother Earth's overheating, the tree-huggers lost today. Republican Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of H. 520 was upheld.
There were 86 votes in Democratic House Speaker Gaye Symington's House of Representatives to override the Douglas veto and 61 votes to support him. Two-thirds are required to override.
"I don’t feel like we lost," said Speaker Symington [at left in front of Gov. Howard Dean portrait] afterward. "I feel like we stood up for a good bill. We stood up for Vermonters and we stood up for good work. We said in the beginning this was going to be a challenge and we took it on anyway and we will continue to work and invite the governor to have a more constructive role in it."
What does it mean?
"It means that the power of the large corporation won the day," said Symington. "And the message of money won the day. And that the interests of Vermonters were put aside to the interests of one very large business [Entergy Vermont Yankee].
"And my reaction is we’ll continue to work. We’ll have the second-half of the session ahead of us and we’ll continue to work toward comprehensive legislation that addresses our energy future and the extent to which Vermonters can afford their energy bills. And," she said, "I invite the governor to have a more constructive role in that discussion than he’s had this year, rather than standing in the way."
How was Norway [where she recently went for vacation]?
"Beautiful. It was Incredible. The sun goes down at like midnight. It’s light all the time. We went hiking up in the mountains. At 11 o’clock I took a picture. The clouds were pink, but other than that it looked like it was three o’clock in the afternoon," said Speaker Gaye.
Vermont Democratic Party Chairman Ian Carleton, the Burlington attorney who wants to be something someday, had a statement & video ready to go. Looks like the Democrats intend to make Gov. Scissorhands wear his global-warming veto victory through the November 2008 election.
Good strategy, eh?