Take Action to Cut Carbon in Virginia!

 

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality recently ended its comment period on a Carbon Reduction Plan. This policy will cap carbon pollution from power plants and allow Virginia to link with a regional carbon market.

Now, we need Virginia to take the next step, formally join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This is a regional carbon trading program with nine northeastern states that has proven to cut emissions and create revenue. As of now, the Carbon Reduction Plan won’t allow Virginia to access the billions of dollars in revenue that could be generated with this plan. But by joining RGGI, Virginia would receive up to $200 million per year to invest in climate resilience and clean energy solutions. Read more about RGGI here. 

The only way for our leaders to meet our demands for the strongest and most just cap on carbon possible is to take bold action and formally join RGGI!

Sign the petition to Virginia leaders today!

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.

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