Dear Virginia leaders,
Climate change presents unforeseen dangers to every Virginia resident. And our most vulnerable populations will be hurt the worst.
Joining RGGI is a win-win for Virginia: the program is proven to cut dangerous greenhouse gas pollution and create revenue to fund climate solutions. By joining RGGI, Virginia would receive up to $200 million annually which could be reinvested in flood relief across the state, clean energy businesses, and economic development for residents of southwest Virginia.
The stakes have never been higher. Every region of Virginia is seeing the effects of climate change through stronger storms and a quickly changing energy economy. Without forward-thinking policies like RGGI, Virginia risks putting its most vulnerable residents livelihoods and future in danger.
For safer shores, cleaner energy, and a stronger economy, I urge Virginia leaders to formally join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.