Governor Wolf establishes first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Governor Wolf signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at protecting Pennsylvania’s Environment, but to have an impact he’ll need the support of lawmakers.

The Executive Order establishes for the first time a statewide goal of reducing carbon pollution here in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania by 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050.

“We can reduce Pennsylvania’s emissions, while creating new jobs and a clean energy economy.” Governor Wolf said.

It also establishes the “Green-Gov Council” to work with state agencies to reduce energy use and improve the efficiency of state buildings and vehicles.

“Those goals are absolutely unattainable if we permit the premature retirement of our nuclear power facilities,” Senator Ryan Aument said. 

Senator Aument is chair of the bicameral “nuclear energy caucus.” he says any discussion of clean energy standards needs to include nuclear.

 “For those who are concerned with carbon emissions, who are concerned with the environment, who are concerned with clean air, nuclear power is critically important to Pennsylvania,” Senator Aument said.

Senator Aument would like to see nuclear energy included along with solar and wind.  In the state’s “Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards” as well as legislation to help save the Three Mile Island and Beaver Valley nuclear plants from closing.

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