The Fifth National Climate Assessment came out this week and it said that future climate change impacts (extreme storms, flooding, droughts, fires, extreme heat) will depend on the choices we make today.
We have serious work to do as individuals, and as a state, to reduce the pollution that is changing the climate. This is not the time to point fingers, this is the time to take action to move toward a common goal, to reduce how much energy we use. This is why Governor Shapiro must act quickly to get us back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the most important climate regulation for Pennsylvania.
On April 22, 2022, RGGI became law, and it was immediately challenged by polluters and their allies. While this new law was handcuffed in court, no fees were collected, and the polluters continued to use the sky as an open sewer … and the fees are significant. Keeping RGGI in court costs us $1.5 billion in fees not collected.
Eleven states have been participating in RGGI for years. In some states, emissions have gone down 50%. Billions of dollars have been put back into the states to reinvest in energy-efficient projects. The price of electricity has dropped.
Eight out of 10 Pennsylvanians support placing a limit on carbon pollution. Our ask is for Governor Shapiro to appeal the Commonwealth Court’s decision to strike down the law enabling Pennsylvania to participate in RGGI. Our climate, and future, depends on it.
Kelly H Forest, State College
This Letter to the editor appeared in the Centre Daily Times on Nov. 18, 2023
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