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tate Sen. Ghazal Hashmi, D-Richmond, speaks during a press conference during the State Air Pollution Control Board. (Charlie Paullin/The Virginia Mercury).

Virginia oversight board approves withdrawal from regional carbon market

BY: - June 7, 2023

Virginia’s state Air Pollution Control Board took its final step to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market, sending the action to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office for final action, despite a majority of public commenters continuing to oppose the move. Following a 30-minute closed session to discuss possible litigation against the decision, the board […]

GOP lawmaker plans to introduce bill to ‘eliminate’ RGGI regulation

BY: - February 22, 2023

In November, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court heard oral arguments in two “separate but related” cases regarding RGGI and its constitutionality. The appellate court has yet to issue a ruling in those cases. 

Pennsylvania officially enacts carbon pricing for power plants

BY: - April 22, 2022

Regulations forcing Pennsylvania power plant owners to pay for every ton of carbon they release into the atmosphere were finally published Friday. The rule’s publication comes two-and-a-half years after Gov. Tom Wolf set the regulatory gears in motion with an executive order. However, both supporters and opponents expect that further legal action could further delay […]

State appeals court blocks Pa. carbon pricing scheme for power generators

BY: - April 5, 2022

A Pennsylvania appeals court has blocked a carbon pricing plan from taking effect. In an unsigned, one-page order issued Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court said that the plan, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, could not take effect pending a full order from the court. The decision was first reported by the Associated Press. […]

Attempt to block Pa. from joining multi-state climate initiative fails in Senate

BY: - April 4, 2022

“The fight against the RGGI carbon tax will continue in court,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said in a statement.

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Without action on climate change, Hurricane Ida is just the beginning | Opinion

BY: - September 24, 2021

Without swift and substantial action to reduce methane and carbon emissions, we’re on a dangerous track to deadlier and more frequent natural disasters.

State regulatory board gives Pa. greenlight to join regional cap-and-trade program

BY: - July 13, 2021

This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. on 7/13/21 with additional details on the rule’s next steps.  A state regulatory board has moved the commonwealth one step closer to joining a regional cap-and-trade program that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants across Pennsylvania.  The state Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to approve […]

Cap and trade for your car? Pa. is looking at limiting transportation emissions

BY: - January 28, 2020

The proposal, known as the Transportation and Climate Initiative, does not originate with him. Pennsylvania was one of 11 states in 2010 to commence a study of how to slash carbon emissions from vehicles. 

Opponents of cap-and-trade contemplate legislative, legal options to stop RGGI

BY: - November 19, 2019

Tax carbon? You’re gonna need a bill for that. It’s a message that Republicans — and some Democrats — have hammered home ever since Gov. Tom Wolf announced in early October he was forging ahead with a plan to enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, as it’s known in official shorthand, is a nine […]

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Here’s a carbon tax plan that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey can live with | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - November 6, 2019

To cut off Republican objections to a carbon tax, its authors need to do the obvious thing: Return the money to the people. The urgency is too great.