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  10:37 pm
Commenter: Donna Shaunesey

RGGI Must Be Saved

Taking Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would bar the Commonwealth’s citizens from the benefits enjoyed by other states that have seen increased funding for critical infrastructure for flood prevention and weatherization.  There is no reason to kill the goose that is laying the golden eggs.

I spent many years helping low-income families insulate their homes and know what a critical difference a tight home can make to the economics of keeping their homes as well as staying healthy.  I’ve talked to folks who have seen first-hand the benefits of the RGGI funding in their neighborhoods. Please don’t take away that hope from my fellow Virginians.


The $452,218,091 that Virginia has earned so far is improving the lives and well-being of both families and flood-prone communities.  As a frequent traveler to the Tidewater area, I know how immensely important that funding is to keep our coast vibrant and thriving. 


The program has been working exactly as planned.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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