Senate Democrats Reject Environmental Protection Rollbacks

February 22, 2022

Senate Democrats stand strong against repeals of environmental protections, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Virginia Clean Economy Act.

Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “Virginia’s future economy relies on forward-thinking, innovative approaches to prepare the Commonwealth for the challenges of tomorrow. Climate change is an existential threat, and developing a clean economy that not only addresses those threats but also readies the energy sector for the demands of tomorrow is imperative for continued growth and environmental responsibility.”

Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said: “Virginia Democrats created the VCEA and RGGI agreements in conjunction with environmentalists, utility companies, and other stakeholders to create an all-hands-on-deck approach to our climate and energy crises. The attempted rollbacks would have thrown away years of collaboration, and endangered Virginia’s future ability to defend our natural environment from the threats of global warming and sea level rise.”

Today, the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources sent HB892 (Kilgore) to the Finance and Appropriations Committee, where its provisions were not included in the Senate Budget.

The committee killed HB1301 (Kilgore), repealing the Virginia Clean Economy Act.

Yesterday, the Commerce and Labor Energy Subcommittee recommended rejection of the following bills, which will now go before the full Commerce and Labor Committee: