Wolf announces climate action plan for Pennsylvania

Kim Glovas
April 29, 2019 - 1:35 pm
Sep 9, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf looks on from the field prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania has joined 24 other states in a group working to address climate change at the state level. 

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group that will implement and uphold policies of the Paris Agreement, which the federal government has rejected. 

The governor also announced the 2018 Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan.

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The action plan calls for reducing green house gas emissions by 26% from 2005 levels by 2025 and 80% by 2050. The plan also calls for increasing energy efficiency, investing in solar energy on a large scale, and maintaining current levels of nuclear energy production. 

"Many of the recommended actions that reduce emissions, like installing energy-efficient lighting, smart thermostats, or simply turning off the lights, have also great side benefits of saving money. Whatever the reason, every bit helps."

The governor says the action plan will also update flood plain maps using the best science and accounting for climate change.