Shapiro and Wolf Break Strategies Over Climate Change

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Abington’s Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s two-term Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Governor, is breaking with Gov. Wolf’s plan to fight climate change amid current pushback, writes Marc Levy for AP News.

Wolf has pushed to make PA the “first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy,” and in doing so can put a price on power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions, saying “historic, proactive and progressive approach that will have significant positive environmental, public health and economic impacts.”

Shapiro doesn’t seem to agree, saying in a recent statement that Wolf’s plan to join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) could drive up electricity prices and hurt PA’s energy industry. 

“We need to take real action to address climate change, protect, and create energy jobs. We need to ensure Pennsylvania has reliable, affordable, and clean power for the long term,” Shapiro’s statement said. “As governor, I will implement an energy strategy which passes that test, and it’s not clear to me that RGGI does,” he expressed.

But even if Shapiro wins the PA Governor election, it could after he’s in the position of rendering legal judgment on Wolf’s carbon-pricing regulation.

Wolf then stated that he expects his plan to take effect next year, but it is seeing opposition from Republicans in the Legislature.

Read more about PA climate change plans at AP News.

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