RGGI

COMMENTARY

Pennsylvania needs more jobs. RGGI will create them — by investing in energy efficiency | Opinion

BY: - December 23, 2020

This opportunity arrives not a moment too soon. Pennsylvania’s pandemic recession numbers are bleak: the state government faces a nearly $5 billion shortfall over two years, and 453,000 payroll jobs will be lost this year in the Commonwealth. Leadership should do everything in its power to swiftly and sustainably rebuild the economy.

COMMENTARY

Joining RGGI is a vital step in addressing Pa.’s carbon pollution problem | Opinion

BY: - December 12, 2020

This is a vital step to take, as many other states have already joined  RGGI and within 10 years were able to decrease carbon pollution by 47 percent, outpacing the rest of  the country by 90 percent. When Pennsylvania joins RGGI, it is projected to further reduce carbon  emissions statewide by a massive 188 million tons by 2030. This is exactly the type of policy  initiative we should be prioritizing in our state. 

COMMENTARY

Instead of fighting him, lawmakers should help Gov. Wolf promote a cleaner, healthier future for all

BY: - September 25, 2020

The Legislature is acting as if the fossil fuel generation market is healthy and sustainable and nothing needs to be done.

In another clash with lawmakers, Wolf vetoes bill blocking his efforts to fight climate change

BY: - September 24, 2020

Pa. releases roughly 264 million tons of carbon each year, according to state data. About a third of that comes from power plants.

COMMENTARY

Letting Pa. join regional greenhouse gas compact makes economic and environmental sense | Opinion

BY: - September 16, 2020

We’re one step closer toward meaningfully addressing climate change in the Commonwealth – but we have a long way to go.

COMMENTARY

To build an energy efficient economy, Pa. needs to join regional greenhouse gas compact | Opinion

BY: - July 14, 2020

At a time when state budgets are crunched, $300 million from RGGI proceeds could provide a critical infusion into the economy.

In bipartisan vote, House blocks Wolf from entering regional climate initiative; Senate vote awaits

BY: - July 8, 2020

The bill, which cleared the House without a veto-proof majority still needs a vote in the Senate. Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto the legislation.

‘Bubblegum and band-aids’: Pa. environmental programs in question

BY: - June 30, 2020

Now with COVID-19, DEP field inspectors have been limited in what they can do — though a department spokesman said air quality testing and inspections on Public Water Systems have continued.

Citing executive overreach, House committee advances bill blocking Pa. from joining RGGI

BY: - June 9, 2020

The House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee voted 16-8 to advance HB 2025 or the Pennsylvania Carbon Dioxide Cap-and-Trade Authorization Act, which would require legislative approval before joining a multi-state agreement. 

COMMENTARY

Joining RGGI will help Pa.’s economy grow smarter — and healthier | Opinion

BY: - May 21, 2020

By joining RGGI, the Commonwealth would be taking steps to ensure that all Pennsylvanians reap the benefits of a clean economy.

COMMENTARY

Pa. can show leadership in the new energy era — Without joining RGGI | Opinion

BY: - March 26, 2020

Unlike the other RGGI states, Pennsylvania has reduced emissions significantly while also reducing consumers’ electricity costs.

COMMENTARY

With RGGI, Pa. has a chance to show leadership in the new energy era | Opinion

BY: - March 18, 2020

By Joeseph Otis Minott Pennsylvania has always been an energy leader. The United States’ oil and gas sector can trace its roots back to the commonwealth, and coal has played a significant part in Pennsylvania’s industrial history. With the rise of fracked gas production over the past 12 years, our state’s capacity for fossil fuel […]