Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe continues to take action in opposition to the Trump administration’s stance on climate change. McAuliffe recently ordered Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality to develop regulations that would limit power plant emissions (including carbon dioxide), and would set the stage for the establishment of a mandatory cap-and-trade program. There are only two other cap-and-trade programs like this in the country: California’s (which is, behind that of Europe, the second largest carbon-trading program in the world), and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (in which Maryland participates). While there are rumors of a legal challenge from Virginia Republicans, environmental groups applauded the Governor’s announcement, as expected. “The threat of climate change is real,” McAuliffe maintained, “and we have a shared responsibility to confront it.”
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