|Action||Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)|
|Comment Period||Ends 4/9/2018|
Executive Directive 11: Clean Energy Virginia Initiative
Dear Karen G. Sabasteanski,
I'm writing today to voice my strong and steadfast support of the Clean Energy Initiative, otherwise known as Executive Directive 11 that cuts carbon pollution from power plants and allows us to trade carbon allowances with other states.
Since it is clear that there is no interest whatsoever from the federal level to address climate change, it’s up to Virginia, and all other states, to do the right thing. If we cut carbon emissions in Virginia, we protect public health and safety while at the same time creating jobs in the carbon-neutral renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors! This is a win-win.
Another huge plus is that because we’re joining up with a coalition of other states with carbon caps, action we take here in Virginia is greater than the sum of its parts.
I urge you to proceed with a strong regulation that shows Virginia is a leader in addressing climate change and takes its responsibility seriously. Burning fossil fuels has left a toxic legacy of pollution across the lovely state of Virginia's land, air and water. Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and incentivizing renewable energy will lower electric bills, create jobs, improve air quality, improve public health and protect and preserve Virginia's environment. These are all good things for Virginia residents, workers and the planet. We must invest in a clean energy future for Virginia. This is the perfect place to start.
Thank you for your time.