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For Immediate Release
January 10, 2022

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PA Chamber CEO Disappointed in Veto of RGGI Legislative Disapproval Resolution

HARRISBURG - PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bipartisan legislative resolution today that would have voided a pending state regulation that would have entered Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a multi-state carbon allowance trading program.

 

"We have noted throughout this process that addressing climate change requires the business community to have a seat at that table. While we were allowed to provide input into this process, the final regulation did not, in our view, adequately address the potential for Pennsylvania to lose vital power generation capacity to neighboring states, nor did it sufficiently protect our industrial manufacturers. The rule will impose significant costs on ratepayers, families, and businesses when Pennsylvania is struggling to recover from the pandemic.

 

"We were disappointed to see our perspective was not appropriately addressed in the final rule, and as such viewed the bipartisan support for disapproving this rule as an opportunity to restart meaningful collaboration between the business community, the Wolf administration and the General Assembly on pro-growth policy that leverages our state's resources and workforce into a stronger economic position, while continuing to move forward with reducing emissions and keeping energy prices affordable."

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