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Statement: RGGI to pass final regulatory step in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania is expected to publish its finalized regulation for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Saturday, paving the way for the state to start levying a price on carbon as early as July 1. RGGI is a bipartisan multi-state program established in 2008 that addresses carbon pollution by setting a cap on emissions from power plants. That cap is lowered each year. RGGI is an incredibly effective state-level program for reducing global warming pollution. Currently, all of the other 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) participate in this program. 

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Statement: EPA returns authority to Pennsylvania and 16 other states to limit pollution from cars, trucks

Philadelphia, PA -- To promote clean air and expedite a reduction of transportation emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday it would restore California’s clean cars waiver under the Clean Air Act. The waiver allows California to enforce its stricter Advanced Clean Cars program, and lets other states with air pollution problems like Pennsylvania to choose to adopt those stronger rules. This action undoes the Trump administration’s attempt to block states from setting stronger tailpipe emissions standards than the federal government. 

Vehicle tailpipes are a major source of health-harming air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, millions of Pennsylvanians  were exposed to elevated levels of ozone and/or fine particulate pollution an average of one day a week.

PennEnvironment had called on the Biden administration to strengthen federal fuel economy and vehicle emission standards – and restore states’ authority to determine their own position on this issue – in their "First Things to Fix" report, which outlined 20 environmental protections the president should enact at the start of his term. Pennsylvania is one of 17 states that have adopted the Advanced Clean Cars program.

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Hundreds of Pennsylvanians join State Sens Amanda Cappelletti and Katie Muth, State Rep. Chris Rabb, and PennEnvironment for Conversation about 100% Renewable Energy

PHILADELPHIA -- Nearly 200 Pennsylvanians joined PennEnvironment, State Senators Amanda Cappelletti and Katie Muth, and State Representative Chris Rabb for a webinar to discuss the need to tackle climate change by transitioning the Commonwealth to 100% renewable energy.

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Philadelphia Residents Ask for Leadership from the Mayor’s office and Council Members Johnson and Squilla on a Safer Washington Avenue

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Representatives from South Philadelphia community organizations, along with roadway safety advocates, delivered a petition with over 2,500 signatures today calling on District Councilmembers Johnson and Squilla to support the Washington Avenue Repaving and Improvement Project, without modifying the self-declared Final Design Decision, and without delay.

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New report: PA ranks 9th nationally for potential to get solar power from big box stores’ rooftops

[Philadelphia, PA] – The roofs of Pennsylvania’s current big box stores roofs have big solar potential, according to a new report from PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. Solar on Superstores: Big Roofs, Big Potential for Renewable Energy finds that the combined roofs of Pennsylvania's big box stores could generate over 3,000 gigawatt-hours of clean electricity each year -- equivalent to generating enough energy to power 297,000 average American homes. Pennsylvania ranked 9th in the nation for solar generation potential on big-box stores in the new report.

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Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Gov. Wolf veto of legislation halting climate action

PHILADELPHIA -- On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf swiftly vetoed legislation passed by the state General Assembly (SCRRR1) that attempts to block Pennsylvania from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a multi-state program that has successfully reduced climate pollution in participating northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and is expected to reduce carbon emissions in Pennsylvania by 227 million tons by 2030.

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PennEnvironment Statement: U.S. House passes historic climate investments

Philadelphia -- Following a summer of extreme heat, drought and political gridlock, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), which includes groundbreaking levels of investment to tackle climate change, clear the air we breathe, clean up toxic sites and protect our lands, waters and wildlife.  The bill was supported by all nine Democratic members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation.

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Rep. Rabb underscores importance of state, local renewable energy growth

BOSTON -- Pennsylvania Rep. Christopher Rabb discussed the role state action plays in spurring renewable energy adoption and called for continued progress during a webinar panel Friday hosted by Environment America.

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New report: As renewable energy booms in states across the country, Pennsylvania lags behind

[Philadelphia, PA] - Pennsylvania ranks 23rd in the nation for growth in solar power generation and 19th in wind power generation since 2011 according to a new report released today by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. Renewables on the Rise 2021: The rapid growth of renewables, electric vehicles and other building blocks of a clean energy future documents the growth of six key clean energy technologies in states across the U.S. over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles (EVs) and heat pumps