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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, is drawing a sharp contrast between his energy initiatives and those of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, saying he remains committed to withdrawing Virginia from a multistate climate pact and pulling away from California’s vehicle emission goals.
Youngkin’s executive order calling on Virginia to “reevaluate” its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative details the increased costs faced by Virginia ratepayers under it.
The Republican governor’s order notes that Dominion Energy, Virginia’s largest public utility, estimates the climate initiative could cost ratepayers between $1 billion and $1.2 billion over the next few years.
“Democratic legislatures here in Virginia really have just ceded away our authority in the energy sphere to California and to northeastern states,” Travis Voyles, Virginia’s acting secretary of natural and historic resources, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.
“The current legislation would …
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