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Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro to appeal court ruling on climate program

Gov. Shapiro isn’t committing to Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but wants to maintain executive authority in light of a recent court ruling.
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A 2019 youth climate protest in downtown Pittsburgh. (Credit: Kristina Marusic for Environmental Health News)

Delays in joining the RGGI regional climate program means excess ER visits and child illness in Pennsylvania

Up to 128 premature deaths from air pollution could have been prevented if the state had entered the program in 2022 as planned.

PITTSBURGH — On November 1, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled against Pennsylvania joining a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program that limits climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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Virginia’s RGGI withdrawal
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Judge deals blow to legal effort to halt Virginia’s RGGI withdrawal

A legal effort to thwart Virginia Gov. Glenn Younkin’s bid to unilaterally withdraw the state from a regional carbon-reduction pact has hit a technical snag.
PA court rules against RGGI

Pa. cannot join RGGI, court rules it is an illegal tax

Commonwealth Court said the Department of Environmental Protection did not have the constitutional authority to collect revenue from the program.
Pa. court blocks RGGI

Court blocks Pa.’s entrance into multi-state carbon cap-and-trade program

The Commonwealth Court ruled on Wednesday that Pennsylvania cannot enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state initiative to limit carbon emissions, saying it violates the state Constitution. 
RGGI Pennsylvania politics

Shapiro's working group finds no consensus on RGGI. Supporters and opponents weigh in

Both supporters and opponents of Pa. joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative feel vindicated by the working group's conclusion.
What if Virginia drops RGGI
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What’s at stake if RGGI disappears in Virginia?

Barring a last-minute change of heart or a judge’s order, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration plans to sever the state’s ties to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative at the end of this year.