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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10/25/22  12:36 pm
Commenter: Anonymous


Will Virginia’s elected officials really jettison RGGI in spite of broad public support, in spite of the 2020 law mandating participation?  Without any clear plan for fixing the utility code? 

1 - RGGI works.  The data on emissions is clear:  With RGGI, Virginia reduces emissions.  Without, it does not.  

2 - Lower emissions through participation in RGGI has generated 5.7 billion dollars in public health benefits.

3 - Funds generated for Virginia through RGGI have lowered energy bills for Virginians and provided jobs for roofers, HVAC professionals, and electricians.  How will the funding dedicated to planning and prevention of recurrent flooding be replaced if Virginia is no longer a member of RGGI?

I urge the governor and elected bodies keep Virginia participating in the RGGI.  It’s on the right side of public opinion, of the law, and of fiscal responsibility.

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