Virginia is already seeing the effects of climate change, particularly along the coasts where low-lying cities are increasingly dealing with high-tide street flooding as sea level rises. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe continues to take action in opposition to the Trump administration’s stance on climate change. McAuliffe recently ordered Virginia’s┬áDepartment 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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