Sappey: Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan is good start

HARRISBURG, April 30 – State Rep. Christina Sappey made the following statement following Monday’s Capitol news conference on climate change.

“This is a good starting point for the Commonwealth and for individual residents,” said Sappey. D-Chester. “While I would like to see a 100 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions immediately, ‘perfect’ cannot be the enemy of the good. Putting these measures in place now begins the work toward a cleaner Pennsylvania, and that can’t happen soon enough.”

 

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by officials and members of the House Climate Caucus to announce Pennsylvania’s membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance and to release the state’s new climate action plan.

The Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan is the new state climate plan developed by DEP and state agency partners with recommendations for government leaders, businesses and citizens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

The plan describes more than 100 actions, 15 of which the Department of Environmental Protection and partners analyzed quantitatively for potential greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The analysis showed that just those 15 actions, such as increasing renewable energy, incentivizing energy efficient buildings and increasing the use of electric vehicles, would reduce emissions 21 percent by 2025. Any combination of the 85 additional actions would likely achieve even more emission reductions.

The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Led by state governments, the alliance facilitates state cooperation to accelerate the deployment of climate solutions to help each state achieve its climate goals.

The Climate Caucus is a bipartisan discussion forum for legislators from both chambers and both sides of the aisle to address all manner of issues relating to climate change in Pennsylvania, including jobs, industry, manufacturing, clean air, clean water, specific regional impacts and others.