Gov. Wolf doesn't recall campaign pledge to join climate initiative

Written by Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania | Jan 29, 2018 4:18 AM

FILE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf doesn't remember a campaign pledge he made to join a regional effort to cap carbon emissions. (Tom Downing/WITF)

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf said Friday he never made a campaign pledge to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative --a market-based effort among northeastern states to limit carbon emissions.

"I don't remember making that promise," he said, following a news conference about oil and gas permitting changes. "In fact, I do remember I didn't make that promise."

In fact, he did. Joining RGGI was part of his campaign platform when he ran for governor in 2014. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania is the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide among states.

When asked why Pennsylvania hasn't joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, he dismissed it as a symbolic gesture. The alliance is made up of a bipartisan group of 16 governors. It was formed in response to President Donald Trump's decision earlier this year to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

Here's the entire story by Marie Cusick, WITF's StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter.

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