Pennsylvania General Assembly tries to block state participation in regional greenhouse gas initiative as it approaches the finish line

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October 27, 2021

Elaine Labalme, (412) 996-4112, [email protected]

Chandler Green, (803) 981-2211, [email protected]

(HARRISBURG, PA – October 27, 2021) Today, the Pennsylvania Senate voted in favor of a resolution to block state participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a rule that has been approved by several committees of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as well as the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC). The link to the proven multi-state program will facilitate a decreasing limit on carbon emissions from the power sector, which is essential to meet the climate targets set out by Governor Tom Wolf in his report of January 8, 2019 decree. The proceeds of the program’s cap and investment mechanism, estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars per year, will invest in clean energy and energy efficiency and should target communities most in need, an opportunity that simply wouldn’t exist without Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI.

A 2020 survey found that 72% of Pennsylvanians support the establishment of a link between the state and the RGGI, with “broad support for the improvement of air quality, health and climate change by the RGGI “.

“It is quite clear that our elected officials must act urgently to address the climate crisis we are facing, but the Pennsylvania General Assembly continues to hamper progress and now supports a resolution that perpetuates their inaction. on the climate.

“One way the General Assembly should lead is to review the RGGI Investment Law. This bill would invest RGGI proceeds to spur investment in clean energy and energy efficiency, for communities facing transition, and for direct bill support to reduce consumers’ electricity bills. .

“The dangerous flooding caused by Hurricane Ida and the severe weather that continued this very week was another call to action. RGGI can help protect the future of Pennsylvanians by reducing the pollution from global warming that fuels more frequent and intense storms. We respectfully urge Governor Wolf to veto any resolution or measure that undermines progress in tackling climate pollution. “

  • Mandy Warner, Director of Climate and Air Quality Policy, Environmental Defense Fund

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