Report directs Gov. Wolf on climate change in his second term

As Gov. Wolf begins his second term, a study published on Jan. 23 by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center shows how he has the power and opportunity to lead Pennsylvania in adopting solutions to the climate crisis

The new report, titled “Climate Solutions from Day One,” detailed 12 executive actions that governors can take immediately to help solve the climate crisis. To that end, just a few weeks earlier, Gov. Wolf signed an executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania by 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. The executive order also directed state agencies to reduce energy consumption, shift to electric vehicles and increase investment in renewable energy.

“PennEnvironment is excited to see that with the stroke of a pen, Gov. Wolf has already taken steps in his second term, establishing statewide goals to reduce carbon pollution and to increase clean, renewable energy use by the Commonwealth,” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “These policies have proven effective and can bring immediate benefits to our health and environment.”

In 2019, PennEnvironment will be advocating for the implementation of further policies laid out in our report, by both the governor and the General Assembly.

Photo: The “Climate Solutions from Day One” report lays out 12 actions governors can take immediately to start tackling climate change. Credit: Seattle Department of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Administration, Oregon Department of Transportation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory