Poll: Virginians oppose Governor Northam climate initiative after learning about carbon car tax

Most Virginians support Gov. Ralph Northam’s intent to join the Transportation and Climate Initiative until they are told that it would include a new gasoline and diesel tax, according to a poll. The new tax could start at 18 cents per gallon and continue to rise.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative is a multi-state agreement that seeks to lower pollution caused by transportation in several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. According to the initiative’s website, more than one-third of carbon emissions are caused by the transportation sector. To reduce these emissions, the agreement would seek to promote clean vehicles and fuels.