2021 RGGI Annual Report

Pennsylvania is on track to fully participate in ‘Reggie’ if GOP lawsuits, or the November 8, 2022 gubernatorial election, doesn’t derail the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“This regulation has the support of businesses and residents, and will save lives and millions of dollars by cutting air pollution. Climate change caused by pollution remains the most critical environmental threat confronting us and we are already paying the price.”

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell – 4/22/22 Press Release
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI or 'Reggie')
MORE: REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INITIATIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
“Joining RGGI will lower Pennsylvania’s CO2 emissions by between 97 and 225 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.”  
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

The report was prepared by Potomac Economics on behalf of the RGGI Participating States of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

“The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort of Eastern states of the US to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the power sector. RGGI, Inc. is a non-profit corporation created to provide technical and administrative services to the states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”

Air pollution gets trapped in Pennsylvania valleys especially when there are air inversions

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