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Court battle over Pennsylvania climate rule set to begin

Coal and labor groups and power plant owners are suing the Department of Environmental Protection, saying the rule will cause them irreparable harm.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf administration gives $2.7M to cleaner transportation projects, including ones powered by fossil fuels

Some environmental advocates say the program is outdated.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf Administration says it wants to improve environmental justice policy

Environmental justice areas include low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that shoulder more than a typical share of climate and environmental risks that can affect people’s health.

By Rachel McDevitt

Top stories of 2021: The fight over RGGI

Pennsylvania moved closer this year to joining a regional program to cut emissions from power plants, despite repeated attempts to stop it from Republicans who control the legislature.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: December 16, 2021 | 12:03 pm

Lawmakers vote to stop state’s entrance to cap-and-trade program

Gov. Tom Wolf is likely to veto the measure, but that won’t mean the regulation could immediately take effect.

By Rachel McDevitt

Gov. Wolf’s carbon-pricing plan stalled by legal disagreement

The Wolf administration says the regulation to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative should be published now; the Republican-led legislature says it has ‘many months’ to review the rule.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Rachel McDevitt

Updated: November 15, 2021 | 12:59 pm

GOP lawmakers push for more say on air quality advisory board

The measure in the state Senate would give the legislature more say on who serves on the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee.

By Rachel McDevitt

Senate moves to block key part of Wolf’s climate plan

The action comes the same day the Democratic Attorney General, who is running for governor, tried to distance himself from the program.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: October 27, 2021 | 11:21 am

Shapiro says he’s not sold on RGGI, which Wolf has touted as ‘historic’ climate effort in Pa.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is running to succeed fellow Democrat Tom Wolf as governor, says any climate action Pa. takes should ‘protect and create energy jobs.’

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Advocates call on Wolf to uphold methane promise

Clean Air Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Earthworks, and Clean Water Action have joined to launch

By Rachel McDevitt