While it would have been a popular step with his political base, and one he was expected to take, Governor Ralph Northam may have been smart to pass on seeking to veto state budget language preventing Virginia membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Nothing in the budget language prevents the Air Pollution Control Board from moving forward with caps on carbon dioxide emissions from Virginia’s larger electrical generating plants. It will just have to be a Virginia-only program, one possibly less flexible (and less politically rewarding) than membership in that northeastern regional compact. There will be no opportunity to buy credits from Rhode Island to exceed your emission goals. Continue reading