Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is significant because it marks the largest expansion since the inception of the decade-old carbon market, 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.
Pennsylvania's participation would expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative at a time when the Trump administration has reversed actions to curb emissions, reports StateImpact Pennsylvania. “This is a game changer, for a top energy producer like Pennsylvania to take this big step toward a cleaner future,” said Kate Konschnik.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered regulators to come up with a plan by July 31 to regulate emissions from power plants and establish rules that would allow the state to participate in a multi-state carbon market called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Kate Konschnik told Bloomberg News that the move represents "a very big actor coming to the table."
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today initiated a process for his state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions from the power sector in New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Pennsylvania ranks third nationally in electricity production and fourth in carbon dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Regulating methane emissions will not only support the future competitiveness of the Canadian oil and gas sector but it will also provide real societal benefits and economic value, write Sarah Marie Jordaan and Kate Konschnik in an op-ed for The Globe and Mail.
Adam Fischer graduated from Duke University in May 2019 with dual master’s degrees and a five-month head start on his post-Duke career. During the spring semester, Fischer began working for the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he interned the previous summer. He earned class credit for the job through an independent study advised by Nicholas Institute Director Tim Profeta.
A Duke University team shared key takeaways from a report it produced as part of a two-year study for the UN Global Compact’s “Health is Everyone’s Business” initiative at an event held in conjunction with the UN Climate Action Summit.
Four groups led by Duke University faculty have been awarded Collaboratory grants for research into pressing local and global challenges.