|Action||Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)|
|Comment Period||Ends 4/9/2018|
I heavily agree with the proposed changes regarding regulations for emissions. It is no secret that climate change is something we all need to start taking preventative measures to reduce CO2 and better our environment for the good of the public. McAuliffe’ Executive Directive 11 calls for the “development [of] regulations limiting the total amount of carbon dioxide emitted from electric power facilities”, which I feel linking with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will do. Forcing companies to come out of pocket to allow more CO2 emissions seems to be the only way to implement change in the “big business” industry. Tracking compliance will also allow the state to track the progress of lowering CO2 emissions and monitor the positive effects on the Commonwealth, allowing us to accurately determine the rate of damage through these emissions for years to come. The fact that this proposed plan upholds the economy of the Commonwealth while also reducing these extremely harmful emissions is outstanding and seems to be a win-win for all sides. I currently have no recommendations for a change in this policy, as it clearly states that everything will be tracked which will allow for the state to make necessary changes (whether that be to lower emissions allowances further, keep them the same, or raise them) in the future and continue to serve in the Commonwealth’s best interest.