Good News: Air Board Caps Carbon Pollution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 19, 2019

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Kendyl Crawford, Director, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light

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Good News: Air Board Caps Carbon Pollution

Richmond, VA – April 19, 2019

 

Today, Virginia became a climate leader in the south by finalizing a long-awaited standard to protect Virginia families and communities from carbon pollution.

A vote by the Air Pollution Control Board approved Executive Directive 11, which caps greenhouse gas emissions by allowing Virginia power plants to trade allowances for carbon pollution with the nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Cutting emissions is essential for healthier communities and cleaner air. Having these common sense safeguards in place is an important step towards a safer climate.

Governor Northam is well aware that the home we share is a precious gift from our Creator and that we must protect it for future generations. We urge the governor to continue being a good steward by heeding the urgent call to act on climate.

 

According to the World Health Organization, over the next ten years, we will start to see around 250,000 additional deaths every year worldwide because of climate change. At this late point, wasting time means more casualties.

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About Virginia Interfaith Power & Light: Virginia Interfaith Power & Light is a nonprofit organization that collaborates, as people of faith, to grow healthy communities and advance climate justice through education, advocacy, and worship with over 2,500 supporters across the state. We are a program of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. For more information, visit https://www.vaipl.org.

 

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