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Legislators promote 100 percent renewable energy

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A collection of 88 Republican and Democratic Pennsylvania state legislators have announced the re-introduction of legislation in the General Assembly that would require the commonwealth to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

State Rep. Chris Rabb (Philadelphia) introduced the House bill (HB 1425), which was also proposed in last year’s session. The Senate version of this legislation (SB630), sponsored by Sen. Tom Killion (Delaware County), was first introduced last year by now-retired Republican Sen. Charles McIlhinney (Bucks County).

This effort is believed to to be the first 100 percent renewable energy legislation in the nation where the lead sponsors have been Republicans.

Many of Bucks County legislators are cosponsors of this visionary legislation, including:

Senators Steve Santarsiero and Maria Collett and Representatives Gene DiGirolam, Perry Warren, John Galloway, Tina Davis and Wendy Ullman.

“For far too long, Pennsylvania has been a huge part of the problem when it comes to climate change, said David Masur, PennEnvironment’s executive director. “With the introduction of today’s legislation, Pennsylvania can be a huge part of the solution in the race to fight climate change.”

Hawaii (2015), California (2018) and New Mexico (2019) have all passed similar legislation.

Washington is expected to sign its bill into law imminently and additional legislation is pending in Colorado, Maryland and Massachusetts.

“When we look back on who had the political will to do what it takes to protect our planet from the far-reaching negative effects of global warming, this will be the group of legislators recognized for their work in Pennsylvania,” said Masur. “Because the question is not do we have the technological ability, the financial wherewithal, or the work ethic to tackle climate change – the only question is: Do we have the political will?”


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