|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, Virginia's Clean Energy Initiative
Passage of Executive Directive 11 to impose a Carbon Tax is good for Virginia. Indeed, such a tax should be extended to all carbon dioxide sources, including methane plants, biomass plants, and gasoline powered vehicles. Indeed, the Commonwealth should take every opportunity possible to preserve the Tidewater from the danger of innundation due to global climate change, and every source of potential greenhouse warming should be taxed to mitigate the consequences of the warming we have already experienced and can expect to continue. What's more, although this is a tax that may fall most hevily on the Power Utility, Dominon Energy, if such a Carbon Tax is combined with the failed bill HB 469, this tax credit toward green, zero-emmission electric cars would increase revenue to the Power Utility thus giving a carrot with the stick of a carbon tax. After all, a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down. And if part of that money is allocated to the DMME for home Solar and Wind power generation, all the better for the consumer, all the better to take the pressure off the Power Utility to have more renewables in it's overall portfolio through net metering.
For these reasons and many others, I urge the DEQ to pass Executive Directive 11. Your children and grandchildren will thank you.