October 4, 2019

Pa. Gov. Plans to Put Cap on Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced plans Thursday to have the state, the nation’s fourth largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, join a multistate initiative designed to curb pollution contributing to climate change.

The decision is significant because it marks the largest expansion since the inception of the decade-old Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which would now include all of the Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast, reports NJ Spotlight.

“As one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the country, Pennsylvania’s action will have a real impact on the fight against climate change," said Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. “By seeking to link to the existing, efficient greenhouse gas program already working well in their neighboring states, they appear to be poised to do it in the most effective way available.”