HARRISBURG, PA — Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 today, which aimed to stop Pennsylvania from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).The resolution was procedurally defective, as the General Assembly failed to adopt it within the statutory timeframe outlined in the Regulatory Review Act.
Following is reaction from Mark Szybist, Senior Attorney for the Climate and Clean Energy Program at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):
“Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 was an anti-climate resolution that would have prevented Pennsylvania from realizing the pollution reductions, job creation opportunities, and economic development offered by RGGI. Governor Wolf’s veto of the resolution is a signal of his support for a clean and healthy future for our people, our environment, and our economy.
“As the climate crisis worsens and Pennsylvania sees more climate disasters, it's time for the General Assembly to stop its obstructionism and delay tactics. The General Assembly should instead ensure the equitable investment of RGGI proceeds in environmental justice communities and energy transition communities by passing the RGGI Investments Act.”
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