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Youngkin administration outlines plan to withdraw Virginia from carbon market by regulation

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration announced their newest plans for how they intend to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market Wednesday, a move critics say is not allowed by law, would drain important state programs of funding, and would hurt the fight against climate change.

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Chesapeake Bay Program puts numbers on climate change-related pollution

Chesapeake Bay states will now have specific targets for reducing pollution expected to result from climate change, officials announced Friday morning during a meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

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A national report says Virginia is failing in climate change education. State officials dispute that

A report by two major educational nonprofits released last week on how states' science standards for public schools handle climate change gave Virginia a failing grade, citing “abysmal scores across the board.”
With coal in crisis, will Virginia be saddled with millions in mine cleanup costs?
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With coal in crisis, will Virginia be saddled with millions in mine cleanup costs?

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates King Coal’s decline, Virginia could be on the hook for millions in cleanup costs if an anticipated wave of bankruptcies destabilizes its bond pool system for managing the risks of company failures.
Advocates warn environmental rollbacks threaten Va. minority communities
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Advocates warn environmental rollbacks threaten Va. minority communities

The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods in Virginia and around the country.
Governor Northam signs Virginia Clean Economy Act
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Governor Northam signs Virginia Clean Economy Act

The Clean Economy Act requires new measures to promote energy efficiency, sets a schedule for closing old fossil fuel power plants, and requires electricity to come from 100 percent renewable sources such as solar or wind.

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