Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Backroom Tax Breaks for Oil and Gas Would Cost Taxpayers Billions

Posted Oct 26, 2022, by Lisa DePaoli

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October 26, 2022

Contact: Virginia Alvino Young, virginia@sequalconsulting.com


The record-breaking subsidies for an infeasible hydrogen hub won’t create jobs or wealth for the communities most harmed by fracking.


HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania —— Pennsylvania state leaders are working on an energy bill to provide new subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, which is responsible for the vast majority of climate-warming emissions. Governor Wolf and his allies want taxpayers to fund an annual $80 million tax break for natural gas, including a so-called hydrogen hub and network of volatile pipelines. 

The hubs are designed to convert fracked natural gas into hydrogen. But Ohio River Valley Institute research shows that contrary to proponents’ claims, hydrogen technology isn’t scalable or proven to be safe, effective, or even job-creating, and would lock us into a future with continued dependence on fossil fuels. 

“Pennsylvanians are ready for a true clean energy transition rather than one that still depends on fossil fuels. Renewable energy is a safe, clean, and increasingly cheap energy source,” said Veronica Coptis, executive director of the Center for Coalfield Justice. “To ensure the type of planet we want to provide future generations, we can’t rely on the same boom-and-bust industries that have extracted from this region for decades.” 

“Once again elected officials are working behind closed doors to give more tax breaks to fossil fuel companies while ignoring Pennsylvania communities already suffering from health and environmental impacts of this polluting industry,” said anaïs peterson, Earthworks petrochemical campaigner. “Real leaders would be fighting to bring economic prosperity and truly clean and renewable energy opportunities here instead of more pollution.”

 There are at least 20 coal counties or disadvantaged counties in the state. We should be talking about economic development in these struggling counties and investing in the solutions that people actually want and need. We deserve thoughtful, deliberate policies to address the climate crisis, not more fossil fuel giveaways,” said Sarah Martik, campaign director for the Center for Coalfield Justice.



  • Lisa DePaoli

    Lisa (Coffield) DePaoli joined the CCJ staff in 2018 and is now our Communications Director. She grew up in rural Washington County, has family in both Washington and Greene Counties, and has always loved animals and spending time outdoors. A first-generation and nontraditional college student, her deep interest in human beings and ecology led her to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. She has worked on research projects and taught at the university level in the U.S. and in field schools in Latin America. The knowledge and experience she gained increased her concern for environmental and social justice issues, which she believes are best addressed at the local level, or from the "bottom up," including the voices of those who are most impacted. Lisa works to understand issues from the local to the global, seeks to make a positive difference, and loves to talk to people about what interests or concerns them. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, furkids, and friends, and walking in the woods with her dogs. Contact Lisa at lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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