McCarter applauds executive order establishing statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania and the GreenGov Council:

“Today’s executive order appropriately targets best practices for environmental sustainability. The threats posed through pollutants and the impacts of climate change reflect that it is now more important than ever to put forth measures that will protect the future of our state.

“As a member of the Climate Caucus and representative of the 154th Legislative District, I see first-hand the communities that would be greatly impacted if we don’t address this environmental issue immediately. This issue directly influences every facet of our day-to-day lives that include health, agriculture, industry and our economy as a whole.

“I applaud the governor’s action today to address climate change and strongly support his efforts to improve energy efficiency and green practices across our commonwealth. The benefits will help to support a more fiscally responsible government and taxpayer savings for hardworking Pennsylvanians now and in the future."

The executive order details the commonwealth will work toward achieving a 26 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050, from 2005 levels. The executive order also establishes the GreenGov Council, designated to work with all state agencies to reduce energy use in state government and improve the energy efficiency of state buildings and vehicles in order to save taxpayer funds.