PA Senate & House Committees Pass Resolution Against RGGI

Last week, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out a concurrent resolution that would stop the adoption of the final regulation that would have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

            On September 2, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out a similar concurrent resolution.

The regulation, which would impose a carbon cap-and-trade program on fuels used in electric power generation, is the centerpiece of Governor Wolf’s climate change policy.

If the Senate and House both pass this resolution, it would go to the Governor– who has promised a veto.

Although a veto override would be an extremely difficult task to achieve– with two-thirds of both chambers necessary– the opponents of RGGI, including the AFL-CIO and unions representing coal miners and power plant workers, are mounting an all-out effort to defeat the regulation.

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry also opposes RGGI.

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