CCJ Applauds Gov Shapiro’s Decision to Appeal Court’s Block of RGGI

Posted Nov 22, 2023, by Lisa DePaoli



Contact: Lisa DePaoli, lisa@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org, 724-229-3550, ext. 3  


Washington, PA – Today, the Shapiro Administration announced that it will appeal the order of the Commonwealth Court to block Pennsylvania’s entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The decision of the Commonwealth Court, put in place by the Wolf administration, was limited to questions of executive authority. Governor Shapiro’s office states that he must “protect that important authority for this Administration and all future governors.” 

The RGGI Working Group, convened by Governor Shapiro and consisting of a diverse group of stakeholders, had reached a consensus on the need to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and identified a market-based power sector carbon pollution cap-and-invest program as the best approach to achieve this goal. Governor Shapiro’s decision to appeal the Commonwealth Court decision shows his commitment to a clean energy plan that protects and creates energy jobs, addresses climate change, protects public health, and ensures reliable, affordable power for consumers in the long term.

Ethan Story, Advocacy Director for the Center for Coalfield Justice, stated “We are excited that the Governor has made this decision. Pennsylvania communities need this for many reasons. Although RGGI is not the perfect answer for our state, it is a step in the right direction toward a just transition. RGGI is something that most residents want and deserve. It also would bring incredible environmental benefits. It is unclear how the state would use the funds to bring frontline and coal communities the help they need and deserve. CCJ will continue to advocate for these funds to be invested into these communities.” 

Joining RGGI will position Pennsylvania as a leader in the energy economy of the future and create long-term economic opportunities for constituents. By not participating, we have already missed out on massive health and climate benefits, plus $1.5 billion of program payments that could have directly helped Pennsylvanians. We look forward to the conversation about how best to invest RGGI proceeds to cut harmful pollution, protect the health of Pennsylvania families, and find ways to invest in clean energy jobs and technology to position our state as a leader in the clean energy economy of the future. 



  • 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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