Statement: Virginia becomes first southern state to join RGGI

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Gov. Northam announces collaboration to cut global warming emissions

Environment America

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam announced Wednesday that Virginia is officially the first southern state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a consortium of Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states which has worked together for more than a decade to successfully cut pollution from power plants.

Andrea McGimsey, senior director for Environment America’s Global Warming Solutions campaign, issued the following statement: 

“Global warming affects every American, and the Southeast is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and extreme weather. It’s great to see Virginia take a commanding role on one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. By joining the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Governor Northam and Virginia’s General Assembly have taken a strong step towards a future that’s powered by 100% renewable energy and healthier for all Americans.”