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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2019 10:08 AM
From: Representative Christopher M. Rabb
To: All House members
Subject: Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050
Pennsylvania’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 must start now!

We have to decrease greenhouse gases which in turn will reduce the levels of air, water, and land pollution in the Commonwealth, thereby preserving the health and welfare of all Pennsylvanians.

This bill is imperative to creating Pennsylvania’s energy independence and security while simultaneously providing for private and public investment in carbon-free energy and energy-efficient projects.

A just and equitable transition to 100 percent renewable energy will provide for the creation of family-sustaining, green-collar jobs by harnessing a newly skilled workforce, giving Pennsylvania’s academic institutions and other stakeholders the opportunity to advance new fields of technology to produce commercial and civic innovations.

Under this proposal, a Clean Energy Transition Task Force, a Clean Energy Center of Excellence, and a Council for Clean Energy Workforce Development would be established and tasked with evaluating current pollution-related issues affecting the Commonwealth and its residents.

The science is clear: climate change is happening, the consequences will be severe, and it is caused by human activity. Two recently released reports put an even finer point on this, including one by the Trump Administration: the National Climate Assessment, which showed the dire threats that will face the planet if we don't take action.

The Commonwealth is already feeling the effects of climate change. Dangerous summer heat waves and more intense rainfall have the potential to worsen as we continue to burn non-renewable energy sources.

This bill will go a long way towards maximizing the environmental and economic benefits of developing Pennsylvania’s renewable energy industry.

What side of history will you be on?

This legislation will be similar to HB2132 of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session which I introduced and was co-sponsored by the following Representatives:

Barrar, Boyle, Bradford, Briggs, Bullock, Carroll, Cephas, Comitta, Cruz, Daley, Davis, Deasy, DiGirolamo, Donatucci, Fitzgerald, Frankel, Freeman, Gainey, Harkins, Hill-Evans, J. Harris, Kim, Kinsey, Krueger, Madden, McCarter, McClinton, Mullery, Murt, Pashinski, Quinn, Ravenstahl, Roebuck, Rozzi, Samuelson, Sims, Solomon, Sturla, Vitali, Warren, and Youngblood.

Introduced as HB1425