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Conservation Voters of PA Reacts to Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Ruling from Commonwealth Court

HARRISBURG – Conservation Voters of PA released the following statement from Molly Parzen, Executive Director, regarding today’s Commonwealth Court ruling on Pennsylvania’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The Commonwealth Court ruling regarding Pennsylvania’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a misguided but temporary setback to efforts to protect Pennsylvanians’ constitutional right to “clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.”

While an aspect of this litigation is already before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Shapiro Administration must appeal today's ruling to our state’s highest court if we are to make any progress in the fight against climate change and towards a clean energy economy. Governor Shapiro's record on protecting our air, water and natural resources is a robust one stretching back to his tenure as attorney general, county commissioner and state legislator. We are confident in his commitment to our environment.

Today’s ruling illustrates the importance of our statewide judicial races and electing judges who will vigorously stand up for the environmental rights of Pennsylvanians. As our constitution notes, “our natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come.” This is not the final word on this matter, and we are confident Pennsylvania will be a leader in the clean energy economy.