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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10/13/22  12:04 am
Commenter: Gavin Hoyt

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

I am a high schooler at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, and I believe that Virginia should stay a part of RGGI. As of 2020, it is mandated by law that Virginia participates in RGGI. Not only that, but RGGI is an effective tool in reducing emissions, as your administration itself even admitted. Virginia also needs RGGI, as without it, Virginia has not reduced emissions and will not be carbon-free by 2050 as planned by the Virginia Clean Economy Act. Due to the RGGI, there have also been less asthma attacks, premature pregnancies, and missed days of school/work. It also provides lower energy bills and protection against flooding. I’m addition to this, RGGI saves over $80 billion dollars total. The monopoly held by Dominion and Appalachian Power is what’s keeping our bills high by changing the utility code, and that fixing the utility code would be more effective and reasonable than removing Virginia from RGGI. Thank you for taking the concerns of myself and others into consideration.

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