Senator Joe Pittman (R-41) issued the following statement in response to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) ruling on Tuesday (July 13) regarding the governor’s unilateral order forcing Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
“I am not surprised, but extremely disappointed that this massive regulation continues to move forward. The EQB ruling completely ignores the many serious concerns expressed by affected communities across the Commonwealth, in particular the ones that rely on the carbon-emitting generation of electricity and the various industries that support it for their economic well-being.
“Additionally, this final rule entirely dismissed the various factors detailed by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. While this is seemingly a setback for working people, rate payers, school districts and municipalities, I am confident that there remain many chapters yet to be written on the future of the Governor’s onerous and regressive carbon tax and whether it will actually become a reality in Pennsylvania.”
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