Survey: Pa. greenhouse gas emissions dropped 19% from 2005 to ’16

Stephen Huba | Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pennsylvania’s net greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly 19% from 2005 to 2016, according to a new inventory prepared by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Pennsylvania was responsible for 235 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2016, which represented an 18.8% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from the baseline year of 2005, according to the inventory.

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Shale gas stymies efforts to combat climate change

November 19, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Continued development of shale oil and gas is a bridge fuel gone too far, according to Dr. Brian Schwartz, senior investigator at the Geisinger Health Research Center.

Dr. Schwartz, part of a Tuesday afternoon “Science and Policy” panel at the seventh annual League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania “Shale & Public Health” conference, said the planned build-out of the shale gas industry will make it more difficult, if not impossible, to meet fossil fuel use reduction goals needed to mitigate climate change.

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Gov. Wolf aims to raise Pa.’s profile in climate change fight by joining multi-state carbon tax program

Charles Thompson | October 2, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Gov. Tom Wolf is about to take his biggest step yet in the fight against climate change by entering Pennsylvania into the Northeast’s multi-state system that promotes cleaner air by placing a tax on future carbon emissions.

Wolf, by an administrative action that may trigger future court challenges, is expected to announce Thursday the first steps to commit Pennsylvania to enter into full participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Gov. Wolf looks at carbon emissions fees to pay for fixing Pennsylvania roads, bridges

Charles Thompson | Thursday, June 20, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

After years of hesitancy, the Wolf Administration is testing support for joining Pennsylvania into the Northeast’s regional cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, and the benefits could possibly extend beyond the fight to stem climate change.

Sources familiar with this year’s budget discussions say administration officials are also promoting how such a move could create an alternative funding source for the governor’s $4.5 billion “Restore PA” infrastructure program.

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