Climate Clips: Four ways Republicans want to pull Virginia out of RGGI

In December, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin pledged to pull Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a carbon reduction market involving 10 other Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Youngkin’s strategy for how he’ll fulfill this early promise has shifted as he’s taken office. This article lays out four approaches he’s taking.

See the full story in the Virginia Mercury.

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