RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) is taking steps to bring Virginia in line with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) presented its emissions proposal to the state Air Pollution Control Board today. The regulatory agency’s action stems from an executive order Governor McAuliffe issued in May to regulate carbon emissions from power plants and begin Virginia’s entry into the emissions-trading scheme.
“This latest attempt to impose a harmful green energy agenda in Virginia by circumventing the General Assembly undermines the voice of the people and forces an anti-growth agenda upon the Commonwealth,” said AFP-VA State Director JC Hernandez. “Implementing cap-and-trade in Virginia would put our economy at a competitive disadvantage to other states and harm our most fragile communities that depend on jobs in resource-based industries. Innovation, not bureaucratic schemes like RGGI, is the key to reducing carbon emissions.”
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or (703) 887-7724.
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