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)
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 3/31/2023
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3/6/23  11:26 am
Commenter: Grace Holderman

Keep Virginia in RGGI

We need to keep Virginia in RGGI because it protects people, and it’s the law.

As a Virginia college student, RGGI impacts me personally because it helps protect the future of my generation and generations to come. RGGI has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions in Virginia and other states, so repealing it would put us back on track to endanger the health and future of all people, especially young people like me and those in vulnerable communities. Health hazards caused by greenhouse gas emissions hurt us all, but they disproportionately harm low-income and minority communities.

Not only does RGGI protect people, but it’s also the law. The Youngkin administration cannot disregard the law that mandates Virginia’s participation in RGGI simply because they disagree. The people of Virginia and the General Assembly have repeatedly affirmed their support for RGGI through law, votes, public opinion, and hundreds of comments like these. Repealing RGGI regulations would go against the will of the Virginian people and blatantly violate the law.

RGGI is proven to combat dangerous emissions and help Virginians through reinvestment into local communities. We must remain in RGGI to protect the health of our communities, and to stay faithful to a popular and proven law.

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