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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8/24/23  5:07 pm
Commenter: Ann Bayliss

RGGI reduced VA power plant emissions 16.8 % and helped prepare coastal residents for floods

Dear Public Servant,

Am hopeful that you are well-informed and have already read "Why Have Greenhouse Emissions in RGGI  States Declined? An Econometric Attribution to Economic, Energy Market, and Policy Factors," published by the Duke Environmental & Energy Economics Working Paper Series organized by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative," as you researched best practices for sustainable power generation in the Commonwealth.  RGGI not only reduced emissions, it also brought in funds to help prepare citizens living on Virginia's seacoast (Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth) for flooding.  We exhort you to both do due diligence and perform your duty as a state appointee, and believe that when you have done so, you will reverse course to keep the state in RGGI as the climate crises require.  Never confuse pride in good policy w/ short term profit margins.  We can only have prosperity in a stable climate.  Thank you.  

- Ann Bayliss

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