Virginia governor orders cap-and-trade regulation for power plants

May 18, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: Reuters) Virginia’s governor issued an order on Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a cap-and-trade system to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, saying it would “fill the void” left by the Trump administration which has been rolling back federal climate rules. McAuliffe specifically asked regulators to propose a rule for the state air pollution control board that would enable Virginia to participate in a multi-state carbon permit trading program such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for northeastern states. McAuliffe said Virginia was especially sensitive to the impact of climate change and dealt with the frequent threat of storm surges and flooding. Environmental groups praised the governor’s order, which they said was an antidote to the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back Obama-era environmental laws. Read full article….

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