SELC statement on challenge to Virginia’s cap-and-trade program

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Today the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond issued an opinion rejecting to the Virginia Manufacturers Association’s 2020 challenge to Virginia’s cap-and-trade program. In response to the decision, SELC Senior Attorney Nate Benforado released the following statement:

“Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is already working to drive down carbon dioxide emissions in the Commonwealth while bringing in tens of millions of dollars to help low-income families reduce electricity bills and communities combat flooding. The Virginia Manufacturers Association’s last-ditch effort to upend this program not only would have subverted the will of the General Assembly, but also would have hurt millions of people across Virginia who stand to benefit from cleaner air to breathe and programs to deal with climate change. We are extremely pleased that the court saw right through the Virginia Manufacturers Association’s baseless arguments.”

Virginia is the first Southern state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Southern Environmental Law Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of our clients, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, Appalachian Voices, and Wetlands Watch, supporting the Attorney General’s Office’s defense of this important program.

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About Southern Environmental Law Center:

For more than 30 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. With over 80 attorneys and nine offices across the region, SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect our natural resources and the health and well-being of all the people in our region. www.SouthernEnvironment.org

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