Coal industry lauds second strike against Governors Wolf’s proposed unilateral carbon tax
HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 19, 2020) – Pennsylvania Coal Alliance Executive Director Rachel Gleason today issued the following statement regarding today’s rejection by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) of Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to join the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
“The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance applauds today’s rejection of DEP’s draft RGGI regulation by the Citizens Advisory Council. Even committees who are appointed by Governor Wolf are starting to realize his self- proclaimed ‘low-cost solution’ to fight climate change is not a practical solution. Today’s vote follows the recent Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which also failed to generate enough votes to advance the Governor’s unilateral carbon tax.”
“For decades, Pennsylvania’s coal industry and our customers have generated thousands of high-paying jobs and an abundance of tax revenue, but also has provided residents with affordable, reliable and resilient electricity. If RGGI is implemented in Pennsylvania, it would do little to nothing to improve air quality, while further decimating Pennsylvania’s economy through jobs loss, reduced property taxes and higher consumer energy rates.”
“Since RGGI began in 2009, Pennsylvania has reduced its carbon emissions by 29%. This market-driven reduction proves that we can have an improved environment, a flourishing economy and low-cost electricity for consumers, all without a job-crushing, over-reaching government mandate.”
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA COAL ALLIANCE: Based in Harrisburg, PCA represents the interest of over 200 companies that directly and indirectly employ nearly 18,000 hardworking men and women in the Commonwealth, which in 2019 was the third largest coal-producing state in the nation.