Pennsylvania Governor wants power plant emissions plan to fight climate change

Source: By Marc Levy, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature to authorize the state to join a regional consortium that sets a price and caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.The Democratic governor’s move is part of his effort to fight climate change in the nation’s No. 3 electric power state.Wolf’s aides have approached key lawmakers in recent days about adding the provision to budget-related legislation that’s expected to pass this month.

The consortium, called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, is a cap-and-trade program among Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Owners of certain power plants fueled by coal, oil or natural gas must pay a price for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit.

The Senate’s Republican majority leader, Jake Corman, says his caucus is reviewing it. Wolf’s administration isn’t commenting.