“Ski resorts in Vermont are upgrading their snowmaking equipment with help from a statewide energy efficiency program,” pressherald.com reports. “Efficiency Vermont is offering rebates from $500 to up to $4,000 in a snow gun exchange program. Resorts trade in four older snow guns for every five new energy efficient ones they buy. The deal pushed Killington resort to boost its investment in snowmaking equipment, said Dave Lacombe, head of snowmaking. ‘We’re purchasing about $2 million worth of snow guns this year, which is a huge, huge deal to us.” You bet it’s a deal. Efficiency Vermont pays for those rebates from an “energy efficiency charge” on Green Mountain State residents’ electric bills. Some $45.9m in 2014. Imagine if you got a rebate on old firearms (against new firearms) paid for by a policing surcharge on your tax bill. Who’d be bitching then?