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Fighting for RGGI and the climate

Communications intern Noah Vickers reports on six climate rallies that recently took place in support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in Virginia.

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Advocates rallied statewide to protest move to withdraw Virginia from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Community members gathered to protest Gov. Youngkin’s plan to withdraw Virginia from RGGI, an action announced by Secretary of Natural Resources Travis Voyles at the State Air Pollution Control Board meeting earlier today.

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Statewide advocates to rally for Virginia to stay in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2022 CONTACT  Jessica Sims, (804) 356-1228 jessica@appvoices.org  Emily Piontek, (314) 562-2341 emily@appvoices.org  Statewide advocates to rally for Virginia to stay in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Events planned for Richmond, Roanoke, Woodbridge, Harrisonburg, Virginia Beach

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Virginia Governor Aims to Remove State from Greenhouse Gas Initiative

In 2021 Gov. Glenn Youngkin campaigned on a promise to get Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — a cooperative effort among 12 states to cap and reduce carbon emissions while investing in clean energy, energy efficiency and

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Support shown for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative with a “march backwards”

Marchers rallied support for Virginia's continued participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Photo by Jen Lawhorne

Rallygoers in Richmond opposed Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Even as 2022 Virginia General Assembly wraps up, threats of environmental rollbacks continue

Virginia Field Coordinator Jessica Sims observes a session of the House of Delegates. Photo by Jen Lawhorne

With the signing of the budget, the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up a session filled with challenges and disappointments.

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Virginia Budget Excludes Participation in Carbon Cap and Trade Program

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill impeding Virginia’s ability to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative despite a state board’s April vote to join it.

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Virginia inches closer to a carbon market

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality is developing a rule that could significantly limit carbon emissions from power plants in the commonwealth. Developing a carbon trading program would be a sound option.

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