Senators Scarnati, Corman Issue Statement on Governor Wolf’s Proposal to Join RGGI

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s decision to begin the regulatory process in order for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI):

“Throughout the last 10 years we have supported many initiatives that have resulted in Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas reductions that eclipse the CO2 reductions in RGGI states.  As a net-exporter of electricity, we know that energy production is a vital part of our state’s economy.

“Moving forward to the next chapter of greenhouse gas reductions must be done in a manner that adheres to the four energy principles of Senate Republicans:

  1. Maintain the diversity of PA’s current energy portfolio and the jobs it sustains; 
  1. Protect the interests of PA consumers by keeping energy rates affordable and low; 
  1. Require the current members of RGGI to utilize all aspects of PA’s robust energy portfolio; 
  1. Implement any carbon reduction plan in PA through an appropriate legal manner.

“We expect that the legislature will have the opportunity to engage in this process, to make sure that any change in energy policy ensures a balance between safeguarding the environment, preserving energy jobs and protecting ratepayers.”

CONTACTS:

Kate Flessner – Senator Scarnati (717) 787-7084

Jenn Kocher – Senator Corman (717) 787-1377