Even after an expected veto, Republicans in Virginia’s General Assembly will have leverage to shape RGGI effort.
By issuing a pair of vetoes Thursday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam sent a message to the legislature and beyond that he is intent on sticking with an aggressive carbon-cutting agenda.
The initiative is expected to create new revenue for renewable energy and climate change resilience projects.
Despite a unanimous vote by a citizen’s air pollution board earlier this month, Virginia faces several hurdles, including possible court and legislative challenges, before it could join a regional carbon emissions trading network.