As we have heard repeatedly over the last year: let the science speak and follow the science. As noted above, the science has spoken loudly. But the Air Pollution Control Board, a collection of appointees with hardly any air pollution background, denied the permit based on “fair treatment.” Not science, not data, but the nebulous term “fair treatment.” After spending millions of dollars, hundreds of hours of staff time, and holding multiple public hearings, the conversation all came down to what “fair treatment” means.
“RGGI describes itself as a regional market for carbon, but it is really a carbon tax that is fully passed on to ratepayers. It’s a bad deal for Virginians. It’s a bad deal for Virginia businesses,” Youngkin told the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. “I promised to lower the cost of living in Virginia and this is just the beginning.”
The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board, acting not with discretion but on orders from the General Assembly, voted December 2 to adopt Advanced Clean Cars Program regulations that delegate ultimate control to the California Air Resources Board. Virginia will simply follow Sacramento’s lead in dictating an ever-increasing percentage of new car sales be certified as low emission or zero emission by the CARB.