– Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order on Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI):
“RGGI will essentially ensure the closure of coal refuse reclamation and a reduction of Pennsylvania’s generation capacity, while also destroying the most successful remediation technology and ignoring the 220 million tons of high polluting refuse that remains in Pennsylvania.
“It also sends a negative signal to energy and financial markets with respect to new investments for businesses that wish to remain or come to the Commonwealth.
“Pennsylvania currently has balanced energy policy among different sectors, but with the adoption of RGGI in-state electricity production would decrease by an estimated 20% while across-state importation of electricity would increase, driving up costs for Pennsylvania residents.”
RGGI is a cooperative effort among Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont to cap and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector.
“Pennsylvania already has alternative energy standards in place which require 8% of our electricity generation to come from alternative energy sources. Putting some of our competitive energy producers out of business makes us weak but continuing our tradition of a balanced energy policy is one of the things that gives Pennsylvania strength.”
For more information about this matter, or any other state-related issue, contact Tobash’s district office in Schuylkill Haven located at 988 East Main St
., by calling 570-385-8235. Information can also be found online at RepTobash.com
Representative Mike Tobash
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Rick Leiner
717.260.6437 (office), 717.497.8478 (cell)