Governor Tom Wolf
Governor Tom Wolf was elected in 2014 by a wide margin, and we’re proud to endorse him for re-election.
In his first term, Governor Wolf stood up for our state parks and forests by reinstating a moratorium on new leases for gas drilling and urging Congress to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has invested more than $315 million in protecting and creating parks, playgrounds, ballfields, memorials, and battlefields across the state.
He’s also played a leading role in banning fracking in the Delaware River Basin, which provides clean drinking water to more than 15 million people, including much of Philadelphia. The Wolf administration has been active in protecting some of the state’s cleanest streams, which helps to ensure clean drinking water for millions and supports local economies that depend on clean waterways for outdoor recreation-based small businesses. Recently, Governor Wolf announced that his administration will begin monitoring waterways for cancer-causing chemicals called PFAS, which is a critical first step in ensuring families have clean drinking water.
The governor has repeatedly stood up against the Trump administration’s plan to rollback fuel efficiency standards for auto makers, delay new ozone pollution standards, and drastically cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency. His administration has also led the way in reducing methane pollution, which causes roughly a fourth of the climate change we’re seeing happening right now.
The governor is also working to make sure that the benefits of increased renewable jobs, a cleaner environment, and a growing renewable economy will be felt throughout the commonwealth. In a key move, he opened a $30 million loan program to encourage the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania.
Governor Wolf made a major advancement in encouraging voter participation by creating the state’s first-ever online voter registration portal, which makes it significantly easier for people to engage in the political process and make their voices heard.
Governor Wolf’s opponent, state Senator Scott Wagner, received a 0% on our 2017/2018 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard for his disastrous record of putting big polluters ahead of Pennsylvanians. Wagner’s lifetime score is only six percent, making him one of the most anti-environmental lawmakers in Harrisburg. Wagner has repeatedly voted against environmental protections, denied climate change, and supported giveaways to drillers.
We must re-elect Governor Wolf to ensure that we have someone running the Commonwealth who shares our environmental values. We strongly urge you to vote for him in November.