|Posted:||February 11, 2021 08:55 AM|
|From:||Representative Emily Kinkead|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Energy Transition and Recovery Cap and Invest|
|According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July 2020 tied July 2016 as the second hottest month on record. Only July 2019 was hotter. Climate change is on the march as polar ice caps continue to melt, sea levels and temperatures rise, and the Amazon rain forest burns. We need to do more to fight global climate change.
In October 2019, Governor Wolf issued Executive Order 2019-07. The order directed the Department of Environmental Protection to issue rules for a cap-and-trade program, allowing Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. My legislation dovetails with the governor’s initiative by further supporting our move away from a fossil fuel economy.
This legislation instructs the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) to reduce pollution emissions from the electric power sector – the largest source of emissions in Pennsylvania – by at least 90% by 2040. Additionally, it requires the EQB to adopt mechanisms for the deployment of zero-emissions technologies and establish measures that provide for ongoing assessment of emission sources in the electric power sector that adversely affect disadvantaged communities. The bill will generate revenue for investments in economic development, workforce training, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy affordability.
The right to clean air and water is in the Pennsylvania Constitution. In our oath to protect and uphold the Constitution of this Commonwealth, we all took an oath to protect natural resources for future generations. It is time to put action behind those words. It is imperative that we act now to save our planet and protect our children’s future. Please co-sponsor this important legislation and help get it to the governor’s desk. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us.
(This legislation was previously introduced as HB 2856)
Introduced as HB989