|Action||Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)|
|Comment Period||Ended on 8/30/2023|
I believe Virginia has an ethical and environmental responsibility to remain a member of RGGI. With climate disasters everywhere we turn, now is not the time to bow out of a program that is successfully reducing CO2 emissions in the state. Money obtained from the power companies has also been used to help underprivileged Virginians. So RGGI is a win-win for both Virginia's environment and its people. That should be celebrated, not ended.
I recently moved to Virginia from Bermuda where I spent 20 years studying how hydrocarbon pollution negatively affected Bermuda's wildlife and potentially threatened its human population. It was both alarming and heartbreaking. Now I look at the air quality reports from the weather websites and see that we're lucky if we get a "fair" air quality reading. I would want Virginia's government to be at the forefront of improving air quality, not responsible for abandoning a program that is having a positive effect.