RGGI

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.

Wolf proposes funneling cap-and-trade dollars to transition fossil fuel workers

BY: - June 14, 2021

Legislation now before the state House and Senate would distribute about one-third of RGGI revenues to the communities who lose fossil-fuel jobs, with the rest going to the state Clean Air Fund, which pays for pollution mediation projects, as well as environmental justice projects and administration costs.

Facing grim climate projections, state officials call for multi-dimensional approach to addressing climate change

BY: and - May 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment is a report produced every three years by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as directed by the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70) of 2008. 

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Here’s how to build a more equitable future for Pa. with clean energy | Opinion

BY: - May 5, 2021

By targeting the benefits of clean energy investments to low-income households and communities exiting the fossil fuel industry, DEP can lift families out of energy poverty, improve public health, and build local wealth.

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House, Senate GOP stymie Wolf on climate change, hold up key appointments | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 26, 2021

Republicans are setting a 'reckless precedent,' by holding up appointments to a key state agency, the Wolf administration says.