HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature to authorize the state to join a regional consortium that sets a price and caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
The Democratic governor’s move is part of his effort to fight climate change in the nation’s No. 3 electric power state.
Wolf’s aides have approached key lawmakers in recent days about adding the provision to budget-related legislation that’s expected to pass this month.
The consortium, called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, is a cap-and-trade program among Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Owners of certain power plants fueled by coal, oil or natural gas must pay a price for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit.
The Senate’s Republican majority leader, Jake Corman, says his caucus is reviewing it. Wolf’s administration isn’t commenting.