HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants to take a serious look at Pennsylvania joining a consortium of states that set caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
The Democrat spoke on Monday at a news conference touting his administration’s efforts to fight climate change and set targets to slash Pennsylvania’s future greenhouse gas emissions.
Wolf’s administration is suggesting options to achieve his previously announced goal of an 80 percent reduction by 2050, which is in line with 2015’s Paris climate agreement.
He says the state needs to consider joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It’s a cap-and-trade program among Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states that requires power producers to buy allowances for emissions above a certain limit.
The money can be spent on clean-energy or energy-efficiency programs.
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