by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow & Junkscience.com Founder
As appearing in the Erie Times-News
Gov. Tom Wolf has started the process to enlist Pennsylvania in the battle to stop climate change.
He has proposed for Pennsylvania to join something called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”). RGGI is an agreement between Northeast states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via a cap-and-trade system.
If Pennsylvania joins RGGI, power plants in the state will be required to purchase permits for every ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted. The scheme is for the price of the permits to go up and their availability go down every year so that it becomes more and more expensive for power plants to emit CO2.