On May 16, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced an initiative to cap greenhouse gas emissions in the state, directing the Department of Environmental Quality to develop regulations to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.
He said, “Today, I am proud to take executive action to cut greenhouse gases and make Virginia a leader in the global clean energy economy. The threat of climate change is real, and we have a shared responsibility to confront it. Once approved, this regulation will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the Commonwealth’s power plants and give rise to the next generation of energy jobs. As the federal government abdicates its role on this important issue, it is critical for states to fill the void. Beginning today, Virginia will lead the way to cut carbon and lean in on the clean energy future.”
He noted that half the state’s counties could face more risk of water shortages, that Virginia’s coasts are experiencing sea level rise and that more storm surges and flooding could cost the state almost $100 billion for residential property alone.
Current House of Delegates Speaker William Howell the Washington Post saying that the governor’s order “is another deliberate attempt to circumvent the legislature and the will of Virginia voters.”
Auduboners may wish to raise this initiative with current members of and candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates and candidates for statewide offices.
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