Lawmaker: Proposal for Pa. cap-and-trade system to cut carbon emissions is ‘a beginning’

September 5, 2019 StateImpact Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania state lawmakers rallied Wednesday behind a clean-energy bill that would slash carbon emissions from the electric power sector at least 90 percent by 2040.

The bill, known as the Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Transition Act, would encourage the implementation of a “cap-and-invest” program, which would set a cap on the amount of carbon a power generator could emit and a price the company would pay if it went over the limit…

Davitt Woodwell, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, said the proposed legislation will allow the state to use market-driven approaches to reduce carbon.

“This, I think, really sets the tone and says from the General Assembly to the governor: Go for it,” Woodwell said.

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