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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Encourages Caution and Consideration in RGGI Process

(Harrisburg, PA) The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO thanks the members of the Pennsylvania Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) for hearing the concerns of working people in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) enrollment.  Union workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and consumer advocacy organizations testified on the ramifications of the RGGI enrollment on Pennsylvanians and communities across the Commonwealth.  Workers voiced their opposition to RGGI because its implementation would displace or eliminate jobs at coal and natural gas plants and devastate communities.  Pennsylvania’s enrollment in RGGI must include a robust and transparent discussion accessible to consumers and workers; understandably, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges and required adjustment in public engagement, not to mention its economic consequences. Read More