The Pennsylvania General Assembly is back in session, and with it, calls by Governor Wolf for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. This would be a bad idea for the Keystone State.
The RGGI features a cap-and-tax program, which taxes businesses and families just to heat and cool their offices and homes. Nearly a million Pennsylvania households spend over 10% of their annual income on energy bills. The RGGI would greatly increase those costs.
RGGI would also reduce Pennsylvania’s productivity, and as a result, its economic competitiveness. Studies have shown that states that join RGGI experience a 13% drop in goods production and a 35% drop in the production of energy-intensive products — such as primary metals, paper products and food— compared with non-RGGI states.
RGGI has been shown to decrease opportunities for residents of the states that adopt it. Encourage lawmakers to reject any proposals to join RGGI.