Commonwealth Court Rules the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Unconstitutional

HARRISBURG – Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) today issued the following statement following the Commonwealth Court’s ruling that entrance by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and state Environmental Quality Board (EQB), into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) without legislative approval, violates the Pennsylvania Constitution:

“The ruling today is a win for democracy and citizens across the commonwealth.  Any initiative or agreement that creates a tax on the people of Pennsylvania that does not have the approval of those people’s elected officials is unconstitutional, and I’m pleased that the Commonwealth Court has held the same.  This unilateral decision by the executive branch, which began under the Wolf administration, would have amounted to an increase in energy prices across the board and a burdensome tax on energy producers.  Working families do not need increased energy costs at a time when inflation and the price of goods and services are at a record high.  This ruling presents an opportunity for the administration to work with the General Assembly to create energy policy that is good for the environment, energy producers, and energy consumers.”

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Contact: Nathan Akers

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