HARRISBURG, P.A. – The Pennsylvania State Senate today sent HB 1100 – a bill that would give tax breaks to fossil fuel plants that use fracked gas to manufacture petrochemicals – to Governor Wolf’s desk for signature. This comes at a time when Pennsylvanians increasingly want the state to invest in clean energy and clean energy jobs. The state Department of Revenue has opposed the bill due to its cost, and the Governor has made clear he intends to veto the bill.
A statement follows from Mark Szybist, Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
“It’s irresponsible for the Senate to push subsidies for petrochemicals and fracking right now. They should be working to help Pennsylvanians stay safe, feed their families and keep their lights on. But this ploy to bankroll fracking and cancer-causing petrochemical plants won’t work. Governor Wolf has vowed to veto this blanket giveaway – legislators who try to override that veto would be directly imperiling their own constituents.”
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