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)
Comment Period Ended on 10/26/2022
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9/26/22  3:34 pm
Commenter: Matt Wade

Support RGGI because it supports many great programs that help ALL Virginians

The economic impact of air pollution and rising seas to Virginia is valued at hundreds of billions of dollars. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a noble program seeks to mitigate this negative impact by addressing many of problems created by climate change at a low cost to the consumer. This a free-market solution to that shifts the economic burden of pollution onto the polluters, where it should rightly fall. By raising revenue for programs that address low income weatherization assistance, coastal resilience and flood management, we are building a more resilient Virginia. We are enabling low income Virginians to repair their homes so they can stay in them. During this time of ludicrous housing and rent prices, this is a worthwhile goal. Climate change is real and is will impact ALL Virginians, whether you live in the Shenandoah Valley, Southside, NOVa or Hampton Roads. If we get rid of RGGI there is no other program that can replace this funding and the GOP has no ideas for how to address climate change. We cannot hide from the climate disaster that are coming. We cannot let our brothers and sisters in Buchanan County or Norfolk lose their houses to the floods just so we can save a couple dollars each month on our electric bill. Finally, it is completely illegal for DEQ or the State Air Pollution Control Board to unilaterally withdraw from RGGI without the express consent of the General Assembly.

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