Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)
Stage Final
Comment Period Ended on 8/30/2023
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8/9/23  9:32 am
Commenter: Nancy Stafford

Virginia Needs to Lead by Keeping RGGI

Virginia needs the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).  

  • According to a recent report from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science the sea level is rising more in Norfolk than anywhere on the East Coast.
  • The United States Dept. of Defense has raised climate change as a national security priority.  The Naval Yard is a crucial part of that security, as well as the economic health of the Norfolk community
  • As a result from climate change, Virginia is already dealing with destructive storms (as recently as 8/7/2023), flooding  in southwest VA, and the projected rising sea levels along the coast. Global warming is affecting every corner of the Commonwealth.
  • It is too expensive to NOT keep RGGI.  It will be much more expensive to deal with the consequences of ignoring global warming caused by CO2.
  • Research completed by the PewResearch Center reveal that a majority of U.S. citizens want the U.S. to become carbon neutral by 2050. 

Virginia needs to be a leader and move toward solving these problems by keeping RGGI.

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