“But over the long term, without the [Clean Power Plan], Pennsylvanians will pay the price in worsened air quality, decreased public health, and pass on even more severe climate risks to their children and grandchildren,” Quigley writes in an email. “The fact that the United States is walking away from meaningful – and low cost – action on climate change and abdicating its role as international leader is unconscionable.”
Pennsylvania is among a group of states that already requires utilities to transition to cleaner power sources. The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requires companies to purchase eight percent of their overall power from so-called “tier 1” renewable energy sources by 2021. That includes solar energy, wind farms, low-impact hydroelectric plants, and methane converted from landfills.