News Release

Statement: Pennsylvania’s decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative big step for state on climate change

Time-tested climate action program provides valuable market-based solutions
For Immediate Release.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to announce a proposal tomorrow to commit the commonwealth to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Through the governor’s administrative action, the commonwealth is poised to become a member of one of the largest and most successful programs for tackling climate pollution in the nation. RGGI was established in 2009 and currently consists of nine New England and Mid-Atlantic states. New Jersey is set to join on Jan. 1, 2020.

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s Executive Director David Masur issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“We applaud Gov. Wolf for this important act. RGGI is a valuable program that offers key mechanisms for reducing pollution and fighting climate change. Joining our neighboring states to the north, east and south in this alliance can create a healthier, more vibrant region with clean air that transcends borders.” 

“After the climate strikes and U.N. Climate Summit in recent weeks, many Pennsylvanians wondered what could be done right here in our state. Gov. Wolf is providing a bold answer. Given a choice between living in the past with dirty fuels or being on the right side of history, Pennsylvania’s leaders are showing they’re ready to do what’s right and protect our communities and future generations across the state.”

Environment America Research & Policy Center’s Senior Director for Global Warming Solutions Campaign Andrea McGimsey made the following statement:

“The expected announcement by Gov. Wolf marks a key milestone for Pennsylvania. RGGI has proven to be a crucial tool in reducing pollution from fossil fuel power plants, and it is a critical and significant response to global warming.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we need to fight it with every tool at our disposal. The expansion of RGGI is a big step forward, but we can’t stop there. We call on Pennsylvania’s leaders to build on this momentum and take the next logical steps, including a stronger commitment to renewable energy and climate-friendly transportation. With those efforts, the commonwealth can solidify its position as a national leader on this vital issue.”