Carbon Emissions Trump Plan Shifts Clean Power Debate to States By Matt Laslo • Aug 27, 2018 onnola/flickr.com/CC President Trump’s new proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan has sparked a debate in the Commonwealth about the state’s energy future. Virginia Accepting Public Comment on Cap and Trade Plan By Mallory Noe-Payne • Mar 16, 2018 Steve Helber / AP Virginia is forging ahead with a carbon cap and trade program, the first of its kind for the state. Regulators are now taking public comment and the final meeting is in Richmond Monday. Virginia Approves Carbon Cap and Trade Plan By Mallory Noe-Payne • Nov 16, 2017 Steve Helber / AP Virginia is one step closer to implementing a cap and trade program. Regulators in Richmond Thursday gave the preliminary stamp of approval on a plan to reduce carbon emissions.