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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10/21/22  1:00 pm
Commenter: Judy K Burnam

RGGI needs to continue

Do not eliminate RGGI! RGGI is an innovative State wide program that in just one year, has generated $228 million that is being used to create more energy efficient affordable housing units, help low-income families reduce energy bills, and enhance community flood prevention and protection efforts. With no increased taxes on our citizens this program would steadily increase the number of energy efficient homes, When every dollar counts in a family’s budget, increased heating and cooling costs really hurt. When the temps reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, who can manage without an AC unit?

When housing is energy- efficient, people’s lives are more stable. Public support costs go down, suffering is reduced. On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, twin devils of older housing and rising flood waters threaten many families. Weatherization reduces energy consumption, lowers energy bills for low-income households, and creates a healthier and safer living environment. Too many Virginians spend 17 to 31% of their incomes on energy usage! How does that make sense?   Also half of the money raised by auctioning carbon credits also helped with flood mitigation across the whole state,  RGGI supports Climate resilience. 

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