Stopping the EPA and Cap and Trade in Virginia
Two bills, both attempting to reassert state sovereignty over environmental regulations, will be considered in Virginia’s 2011 legislative session. The first, House bill 1357 (HB1357) addresses the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions specifically, while the second, House Bill 1397 (HB1397) seeks to protect Virginia homeowners from potential cap and trade requirements.
HB1357 was originally introduced in January 2010 – but was carried over for the 2011 session back in February. It’s primary object? To ensure that the state holds authority over the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions – as the Constitution provides. The following is its summary, as introduced:
Department of Environmental Quality; carbon dioxide. Prohibits the Air Pollution Control Board and the Department of Environmental Quality from taking any action to restrict the emission of carbon dioxide. Any federal law or regulation that purports to prohibit, limit, or control in any way the emission of carbon dioxide shall be without authority, void, and of no force within the boundaries of the Commonwealth.