Today, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to join the US Climate Alliance, committing to work toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement despite the Trump administration’s intent to quit the international climate pact.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Gov. Tom Wolf made the announcement at the same time that the state released its newest road map for combating and adapting to climate change. The road map sets a goal for cutting carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping emissions 26% by 2025 and 80% by 2050, using 2005 as a baseline.
No other state in the bipartisan climate alliance produces as much natural gas, coal and electricity as Pennsylvania, a top three producer of each of those forms of energy.
The new climate action plan details the state shifting toward lower-carbon methods of powering Pennsylvania’s homes, vehicles and businesses, with a phase-out of most of the state’s coal-fired power plants by 2050.
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