|Action||Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)|
|Comment Period||Ended on 8/30/2023|
I implore Gov. Youngkin & the Board to keep Virginia in RGGI. In July, the WORLD experienced the HOTTEST temperatures on record. Not only does this affect our health, but it puts a strain on our power systems to help us, lucky enough to have AC, comfortable & productive. ($$)
In addition, we will be paying a higher power bill, which comes to one of Gov. Youngkin issues, Virginians paying more. I see the riders on my Dominion bill. If Dominion/Wash. Gas, etc doesn't run their systems effectively or adopt green technologies. Those cost should not fall on Virginians, but I would rather pay a little something now to combat the effects of climate change than:
RGGI has & will continue to improve public health. FACT: In just 6 years, RGGI participating states realized a $5.7B in public health benefits. With a decreased in air pollution, we have fewer asthma attacks, premature births (aren't you pro-life?), missed days of work (productivity/economy) & schools (education)!
The other benefit is Virginia's economy & assisting our neighbors NOW vs later. RGGI is generating funds to:
The other topic I hear from Gov. Youngkin, the Board & GOP is that RGGI is not effective. Please look at the data & FACTS. Since joining RGGI, Virginia's power plant emissions have consistently decreased by 12.5% between 2020-21 & by nearly 8% between 2021-22, which is a good ROI.
In addition to the UN climate crisis appeals, the US Defense Department lists Climate Change as a SECURITY THREAT to our country. You will be contributing to our country's security threat and going against our Defense Dept if you remove Virginia from RGGI!
Personally, I do not understand how a ONE-TERM governor & his political GOP appointees (5-10 people) can take our entire state (8.7M people) out of a LAW. Isn't removing Virginia from RGGI illegal? Yes, it is and definitely unethical. This is another example of the minority ruling against the majority! The majority of Americans & Virginians think Climate Change/Crisis is real & a threat to our & future existence.
If this is a concern of our Governor & his administration, and we live in a democracy, then this should be voted on by our Legislature or a topic for the BALLOT BOX!
I hope you can read from the facts & my comments, how important RGGI is to me, my family, fellow Virginians & our country. I pray and truly hope that you will consider staying in RGGI. It's always okay to change your mind & vote to keep Virginia in RGGI. PLEASE!
Thank you for your time and consideration! Please. :)