HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A 20-member state environmental rulemaking board is approving the next step for a petition seeking to fight climate change by imposing a cap-and-trade program to make Pennsylvania carbon neutral by 2052.READ MORE: Republicans In Pennsylvania And Other States Using Ballot Initiatives To Change Election Laws
The board’s vote Tuesday had support from Gov. Tom Wolf. The Democrat, however, isn’t taking a position on the petition itself.
The vote allows Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection to study the proposal and decide whether to recommend it for a rulemaking process, which requires more approvals.READ MORE: Rep. Mike Kelly Facing Scrutiny Over Stocks Purchases By The Congressman And His Wife
The Clean Air Council, which submitted the petition, calls it a landmark step. The petition seeks to require polluters to buy permits for each ton of carbon they release.
Democratic Sen. John Yudichak voted for it, but says the Legislature should be the body making environmental policy of such breadth.MORE NEWS: New Trial Begins For 83-Year-Old Ohio Man Who Spent 45 Years In Prison
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