RGGI

Wolf vetoes GOP effort to block carbon fee on Pa. power plants

BY: - January 10, 2022

*This story was updated at 6:25 p.m. 1/10/25 with comment from Senate Republicans Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed an attempt by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to block his administration from implementing a carbon fee on the commonwealth’s 58 fossil fuel-burning power plants. Wolf, a Democrat, announced in 2019 he was bringing Pennsylvania into the Regional […]

Wolf admin used state grant funding as leverage during debate on carbon fee

BY: - January 4, 2022

The General Assembly fell eight votes shy of the needed two thirds majority to overcome the governor's veto.

Pa.’s carbon fee for power plants is ready to be enacted, but legislative agency says it can’t yet

BY: - December 6, 2021

Final approval may be delayed until early January due to a technical dispute between Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and the legislative agency that circulates new laws and regulations.

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Plunging temperatures, higher prices: Why renewables could be the answer | Five for the Weekend

BY: - November 20, 2021

Unlike natural gas, clean energy sources do not suffer from wild price fluctuations, an advocate argues

Nearing the end of his term, Wolf issues executive order to bolster environmental efforts

BY: - October 28, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the executive order establishing the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Justice, the Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and an Interagency Council.

Gov. candidate Shapiro is skeptical of RGGI. It’s unclear if AG Shapiro will do something about it.

BY: - October 27, 2021

Now that he’s running for governor, Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro is trying to separate himself from incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature environmental initiative.  Shapiro’s campaign did not specifically say if, elected as governor in 2022, he would pull the commonwealth out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Also known as RGGI, it’s a […]

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Without action on climate change, Hurricane Ida is just the beginning | Opinion

BY: - September 24, 2021

Without swift and substantial action to reduce methane and carbon emissions, we’re on a dangerous track to deadlier and more frequent natural disasters.

Pa. set to enter northeastern initiative limiting carbon from power plants

BY: - September 1, 2021

“I don’t think anyone would be willing to bet that there won’t be court actions on either side, depending on what the final result is,” the panel’s chairperson, George Bedwick, said.

Senate environmental panel urges opposition to regional greenhouse gas initiative

BY: - August 18, 2021

In a 7-4 party-line vote Wednesday, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved a letter to the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, asking it to oppose the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Joining RGGI will strengthen Pennsylvania’s recovery | Opinion

BY: - July 15, 2021

Joining RGGI will lead to more facilities taking steps to improve how they manage energy use and install more efficient equipment.

State regulatory board gives Pa. greenlight to join regional cap-and-trade program

BY: - July 13, 2021

This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. on 7/13/21 with additional details on the rule’s next steps.  A state regulatory board has moved the commonwealth one step closer to joining a regional cap-and-trade program that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants across Pennsylvania.  The state Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to approve […]

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Wolf must veto these bills defanging Pa.’s power to fight climate change | Opinion

BY: - June 22, 2021

While the rest of the world embraces action and common sense, Pennsylvania cannot afford to fall further behind.