Lawmakers lack voice to stop Wolf’s carbon pricing plan

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Republican-controlled state House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to block the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to tackle climate change, a cap-and-trade program aimed at reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, although the chamber is currently lacking votes to stop it.

The vote, 130-70, was on a resolution that Wolf can veto, and the licensing regulation – which would make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to adopt carbon pricing – can come into effect if the House and the Senate cannot have two votes. majority of third parties to override the veto.

A Senate vote in late October to disapprove the policy, like the House vote on Wednesday, was just short of the number needed to override a gubernatorial veto.

The settlement calls on Pennsylvania to join a multi-state consortium, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which sets a price and decreasing limits for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Wolf, a Democrat, wants the regulation to take effect immediately, but is blocked by an agency that reports to the legislature.

Pennsylvania has long been one of the nation’s biggest polluters and power producers.

Under the cap-and-trade program, dozens of coal, oil and natural gas-fired power plants would be forced to purchase hundreds of millions of dollars in credits in the years to come, cash that the state government could spend on clean energy and energy efficiency programs.

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