That sense of enthusiasm was quickly wiped-away this week, when we got a glimpse at his developing gubernatorial campaign platform. My big surprise was his apparent lack of support for ‘Reggie’ or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which would move our Commonwealth forward in addressing climate change. RGGI is the main part of our current governor’s plan to address climate change.
“Joining RGGI will lower Pennsylvania’s CO2 emissions by between 97 and 227 million tons by 2030. Emission of other harmful pollutants like nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions will also drop significantly. These reductions will particularly benefit those most often impacted by marginal air quality, such as children and at-risk seniors, especially in low income and environmental justice communities.” Pa DEP Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Josh is beginning to sound more like a politician who is hedging his bets in order to gain votes (and contributions?) from the fossil fuel industry, while risking the loss of green votes. He can’t have it both ways.
It will be interesting to see how he fine tunes his message on RGGI, climate change and the environment in the coming months, and then decide whether or not he still has my vote. The governorship has been the only failsafe we’ve had to wild west, pro-fracking legislation in Pennsylvania.