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  2:19 pm
Commenter: Cindy Speas, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

Staying in RGGI is the right thing to do!

Many of us work hard to live our values so that our communities and our families can thrive and our futures are improved. One aspect of that is making sure that Virginia takes advantage of programs that provide resilience to those who are severely impacted by heavy rains, storms, flooding, heat island effects and drought. RGGI is one of those programs. Half of all RGGI funding is available to low-income energy efficiency programs, while 45% goes toward the Community Flood Preparedness Fund, a pool of money that provides flood assistance to communities and local governments. Virginia has received $452 million from RGGI in less two years—$203 million of that is for flood resilience. It is critical that we help vulnerable communities adapt to the challenges they experience from storm season, to drought season and back again. This multi-state collaborative effort is working, and there are no legitimate reasons to pull Virginia out of this successful program. 

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