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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8/30/23  10:46 am
Commenter: Laura Renauld

Look to the Future. Keep RGGI.

I am proud that Virginia is one of twelve Eastern states that is working for a clean, equitable future through RGGI. According to the RGGI website, “Since its inception, RGGI emissions have reduced by more than 50%—twice as fast as the nation as a whole—and so far raised nearly $6 billion to invest into local communities.”

The Youngkin Administration's plan to repeal RGGI through regulation is unlawful as VA joined RGGI through legislative action. Only the General Assembly may act to remove VA from RGGI. 

Virginians overwhelmingly support RGGI. Listen to the people and work toward a resilient future for all Virginians. RGGI is a powerful tool which should not be discarded.

As a member of an Earth Care Congregation, I work to heal and tend our Earth at home, at church, and in my community. Virginia should continue to do the same. Our future depends on it.

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