PennFuture statement regarding introduction of RGGI legislation

Harrisburg, Pa. (Nov. 19, 2019) - “Limiting carbon pollution from the power sector is an integral part of any serious attempt at combating climate change, and Pennsylvania must be part of the solution,” said Rob Altenburg, director of the PennFuture Energy Center. “Just last week, Pennsylvania’s Auditor General released a report documenting hundreds of millions of dollars per year in damages already being caused by climate change in our state and warned of impacts we can’t yet see, but polluters want to keep getting a free pass to dump their waste into our air.  It’s well past time polluting industries pay their fair share.

“The Department of Environmental Protection has used market-based programs to control emissions a number of times, and we expect that experience will be reflected in their proposed regulation. ​The Legislature attempting to delay the process serves no purpose but to increase pollution." ​


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.


Jared Stonesifer

Director of Media Relations