Governor Wolf Backs Obama’s Clean Power Plan

  • A tug boat pushes barges full of coal past the John E. Amos coal-fired power plant near Winfield, West Virginia. Photo: Wigwam Jones via Flickr

August 4, 2015
by Susan Phillips and Reid Frazier

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he’s committed to reducing carbon emissions from the state’s power plants, and says the President’s climate goals are challenging but achievable. President Obama gave a strong call to action in announcing the new climate change rules.

“We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and we’re the last generation that can do something about it,” he said. “We only get one planet. We only get one home. There’s no plan B.”

Now it’s up to each state to come up with a plan to reduce its power plant carbon emissions.  The finalized rules include incentives for solar and wind and give states more time to reach their goals.

The coal industry will be the biggest loser, and has pledged to fight the new rules. EPA expects the percentage of electric generation in the US from coal to fall from 36 percent this year to 27 percent by 2030 under the plan. Pennsylvania is the fourth largest producer of coal in the nation, and the only state where anthracite coal is mined. It’s also the third-highest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide in the country.

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