When Washington Defaults, States Really Do Matter
David J. Toscano, delegate from the 57th District (Charlottesville / Albemarle) and the Democratic Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates, today issued the following statement:
“Our Governor clearly recognizes the threat to Virginia imposed by climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, and is attempting to do all that he can within his authority to protect the quality of life and economic wellbeing of Virginians in the face of this challenge,” said Toscano. “As President Trump undermines the EPA, protective action will increasingly occur in the states, and Virginia should be a leader.”
Toscano recently sought and obtained an opinion by the Attorney General of Virginia, Mark R. Herring, that stated the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board has the ability, under state law, to regulate carbon pollution and to place a “statewide cap” on greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing fossil fuel electric generating units.
“It is clear that Donald Trump will take us backward on climate protection, and the only chance we have to make our future better is through state initiatives. I applaud the Governor on his courage to take on a difficult issue and manage it for the public good.”