McAuliffe promises action on carbon, climate change, sets task force in motion

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe promised a close look Tuesday at energy regulations to cut carbon production and increase clean energy use that he can promulgate without legislative approval.

The governor convened a working group under Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, giving her 10 months to recommend options for “a regulatory strategy to reduce carbon pollution.” A number of environmental groups applauded the move, though some said McAuliffe has not pushed near far enough on clean energy issues.

Republicans, through Speaker of the House William Howell’s office, criticized the move as “another deliberate attempt to circumvent the legislature and the will of Virginia voters.”

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