|Action||Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)|
|Comment Period||Ended on 8/30/2023|
Our planet is continuing to warm at an alarming rate and by leaving the RGGI you are saying you don’t care about the future this will bring. I know many who may oppose cite economic concerns but by refusing to acknowledge greenhouse gas emissions we only guarantee Economic, Environmental and human devastation. Think about how much money Virginia gets from military installations in the state or how much money Virginia gets from having one of the largest ports in the Eastern US; if green house gases continue to be released and our planet continues to warm Hampton roads the epicenter for trade and a great deal of military facilities could be submerged or completely devastated by the increasing frequency of powerful hurricanes. Damages to this highly vulnerable area could cost Virginia and the US hundreds of millions of dollars if the ports are forced to close due to climate change related damages. We can also use the RGGI to encourage economic development by creating environments favorable to new green infrastructure projects, the production, construction, and maintenance of such facilities could bring thousands of jobs to Virginia being a boon to our economy and our people. In conclusion by failing to remain in the RGGI we welcome devastation to our ports and military facilities as well as announce our state is not willing to invest in future generations and jobs. The environment and the economy don’t have to be enemies it’s just Youngkin who wants it that way.