The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will consider two bills on Thursday (September 3) that would increase legislative oversight on the Governor’s proposal to have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), according to Senator Joe Pittman, who serves as Vice Chairman of the Committee.
The Committee will consider Senate Bill 950, a measure introduced by Senator Pittman, and House Bill 2025, introduced by Representative Jim Struzzi. The bills include identical language: creating the Pennsylvania Carbon Dioxide Cap and Trade Authorization Act; clarifying that the Administration does not have the authority to unilaterally join RGGI; and, prohibiting the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from joining RGGI without Legislative approval.
If Pennsylvania joins RGGI, it would be the only major energy producing state in the compact and the resulting carbon tax on employers engaged in electric generation would devastate that industry and cost thousands of jobs.
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