— House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) sent the following letter (excerpted below) to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. Executive Committee confirming that Gov. Tom Wolf lacks the authority to enter Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) without legislative approval:
“Allow me to state simply and unequivocally: Governor Wolf lacks the unilateral authority to join RGGI…Just as almost all of the states that make up RGGI have joined by enacting statutes,
Pennsylvania law requires that in order for the governor to execute a carbon cap-and-trade program
such as RGGI, explicit approval is required from our Commonwealth’s legislative branch.
“Welcoming Pennsylvania into your ranks without legislative approval would be foolish and harmful both to RGGI and our Commonwealth…This will leave both RGGI and Pennsylvania in an unwelcome state of limbo. It will complicate RGGI’s administration and likely take years to resolve. You will not be able to count on Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI, but you will have to expend time and resources planning for it, nonetheless.
“Bipartisan and bicameral discussions and efforts are already well underway aimed at halting this action.
“Pennsylvania has a rogue governor. If you allow him to move forward without legislative approval,
RGGI will undoubtably incur significant costs involved with the ensuing litigation. These are costs that
would presumably be paid by the taxpayers of the existing member states.
“I respectfully request that you do not move forward with completing Pennsylvania’s proposed entry into RGGI, unless and until Governor Wolf obtains proper authority, by legislative action of the General
Assembly, to link our Commonwealth with RGGI. If this does not occur, legal action will follow.”
Click here to view Chairman Metcalfe’s complete letter
Representative Daryl Metcalfe
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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