PennFuture Statement: Petition Process on Carbon Emissions a Positive Step Toward Fighting Climate Change on State Level

HARRISBURG, Pa. (November 27, 2018) – PennFuture supports Clean Air Council’s petition asking Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board to adopt limits on carbon pollution.  
“As the recent federal climate assessment makes clear, our health, safety, and quality of life are in jeopardy because of climate change.  We are already seeing the effects and we must act now,” said PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. “Instead of being part of the solution, the federal government is doing everything it can to roll back policies to cut carbon. States can no longer wait for the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job—we have an ethical responsibility to reduce the pollution we emit.” 
As the recent devastating storms have shown, the need to act on climate is more urgent than ever. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates we have 12 years to turn things around and start making deep cuts to carbon pollution to have any chance of keeping global temperature at a level that might avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
“In 2014, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions exceeded all but 21 countries in the world. Pennsylvania has contributed to the problem and must be part of the solution,” said Director of PennFuture’s Energy Center Rob Altenburg. “This petition offers a backstop to inaction. It is one model of what state action could look like, but also should be one of many tactics used to fight climate change and cut carbon. We call upon our elected officials to work in good faith towards stronger solutions, and we support this petition as a means to start the process.”
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information.
Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications, PennFuture
rex@pennfuture.org, 412.463.2942