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January 08, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive order aimed at curbing carbon pollution

One goal is to reduce greenhouse emissions by 80 percent over the next three decades

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Tuesday in an effort to curb the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and move towards consistently sustainable practices.

The executive order establishes the GreenGov Council, which will serve as a central coordinating body aimed at achieving the executive order’s goals within the state government.

The order aims, among other things, to reduce statewide energy consumption by three percent each year, and replace a quarter of the state’s passenger car fleet with electric and electric hybrid cars by 2025.

Wolf wants the commonwealth to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent in the next eight years, compared to 2005 levels, and 80 percent by 2050:

Wolf also took a clear shot at President Donald Trump in a statement about the executive order.

“In the absence of leadership from the federal government, states and cities are stepping up and doing their part to reduce emissions,” Wolf said in a release. “Today I am proud to declare the commonwealth’s intention to address climate change, the most critical environmental threat facing the world.”

The executive order comes the same week as a new analysis showing 2018 represented the second-largest jump in United States greenhouse gas levels in two decades.

In November, more than 50 businesses and organizations signed a petition calling on Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board to adopt regulations and curb greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use.

Pennsylvania ranked third in the country in annual carbon dioxide emissions as of 2014, according to EPA data.

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