Virginia LCV condemns Air Board’s vote to proceed with Youngkin’s illegal RGGI repeal

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(434) 989-3197 |


RICHMOND – Today, after hearing from speaker after speaker urging them to keep Virginia in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and following a months-long public comment period showing broad support for this program, the State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-3 to proceed with Governor Youngkin’s illegal repeal effort. 

In response to this vote, Michael Town, executive director, Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement: 

“Today’s vote by Governor Youngkin’s rigged Air Board is a blatant end-run around the legislature and a handout to big polluters at the expense of Virginia communities that are now on their own to combat dangerous flooding. This shortsighted repeal effort will also lead to a heavier energy burden for vulnerable Virginians already struggling with household costs. If Youngkin spent half the time doing the right thing for his constituents that he does trying to grab national attention, he might have noticed that Virginians overwhelmingly support climate action and want to see us stay in this vital program that’s already yielding positive results for our Commonwealth in the form of cleaner air and direct investments that make Virginians’ lives better.” 

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