PennEnvironment slammed state senators for passing a climate action roadblock Wednesday, which will hinder state efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
While PennEnvironment and our allies in the state have been fighting to stop a coal-backed rollback bill, including generating grassroots and grasstops phone calls and four supportive editorials over the weekend, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to advance it Wednesday. The bill then went to the Assembly floor and passed it Thursday, which will increase the likelihood that Pennsylvania will fail to produce an adequate plan to clean up its power plants on time. It will specifically give the Legislature the power to step in and disapprove any compliance plan developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which would add delay and uncertainty to the process.
"With the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy days away, it is shameful that our politicians in Harrisburg continue to stand in the way of action on climate change," said Adam Garber, PennEnvironment field director. "Their decision to make it even harder to slash the largest source of carbon pollution in Pennsylvania will be felt by millions of Pennsylvanians who are faced with the consequences of extreme weather and flooding from the climate crisis."
In Pennsylvania, power plants are responsible for 46 percent of the state's carbon pollution