Snyder praises review commission’s recommendation to delay RGGI

CARMICHAELS, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has applauded a decision by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to delay Pennsylvania’s enrollment in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.

“This week’s decision by IRRC shows that RGGI is definitely the wrong path for our state to take, notably during a pandemic,” said Snyder. “In fact, several industry representatives, including the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are rightfully concerned that such a move would impose a carbon tax and lead energy companies in my communities to close and frankly, that would be beyond devastating. We can’t afford for that to happen.

“It is imperative that the governor must take these recommendations from IRRC seriously and put an end to RGGI. My region is among those that would be adversely impacted and if those energy jobs leave our state, we’ll be paying the price for years and generations to come.”

The commission has asked the state’s Environmental Quality Board to delay entry into RGGI by one year. Several industry officials and representatives across Pennsylvania have opposed RGGI, saying it will increase energy rates for consumers and businesses, lead to the elimination of family-sustaining jobs, and not provide a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, as proponents of RGGI have claimed.

In 2019, Snyder joined many of her colleagues in the House in urging Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to suspend the state’s efforts to join RGGI. Last year, she co-sponsored H.B. 2025 with fellow Reps. Donna Oberlander, R-Armstrong/Clarion/Forest, and Jim Struzzi, R-Indiana, which would have required legislative support before Pennsylvania could join RGGI. That bill, which passed with bipartisan support in the House and Senate, was vetoed by the governor.