Updates

  • Combating Climate Change

  • CJFP Statement in Favor of Proposed Rulemaking: CO2 Budget Trading Program

    December 8, 2020

    As a board member of the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition and a councilman with Carlisle Borough, I give my full, unwavering support to this rulemaking.

    Members at CJFP stand for the creation and preservation of clean energy jobs in the Commonwealth – and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is absolutely critical in achieving those goals.

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  • CJFP Statement in Opposition to House Resolution 1088

    November 17, 2020

    As leaders of the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition, we are writing in opposition to House Resolution 1088.

    Our members stand for the creation and preservation of clean energy jobs in the Commonwealth – and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, is absolutely critical in achieving those goals.

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  • Penn Live: Dirty Air Is Killing People In Pennsylvania, And We Must Do Something About It

    “The report outlines a number of steps that policymakers can take to improve our air quality and protect our health. One of those steps is to ensure that Pennsylvania follows through on a commitment to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which will reduce fossil fuel emissions from electricity generation.”

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  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Combat and protect

    “If Pennsylvania participates as well, the state could see hundreds of millions of dollars in proceeds from the program every year, spurring job growth and boosting the economic recovery we’ll need after the pandemic.”

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  • 'Clean Jobs for PA' Thanks Gov. Wolf for HB 2025 Veto

    On Thursday, Sept. 24, Gov. Wolf vetoed House Bill 2025. In response, leadership from the Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania coalition released the following statement:

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  • Promote Clean Air in Pennsylvania

  • Clean Air Is Essential

  • The Morning Call: Your View: Regional greenhouse gas program a winner for Pa.

    “Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have a real opportunity to combat the looming public health crisis of our generation, climate change, while rebuilding a stronger economy in the wake of COVID-19. Linking to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a flexible and proven cap-and-invest program that allows member states to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector, is a simple, cost-effective way to achieve that objective.”

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  • Closing the Gap

    Find out how expanding the use of wind, nuclear, and solar power would help shrink the gap between the cleanest-air and the dirtiest-air neighborhoods.

  • Clean Energy, Strong Economy

    Turns out, Pennsylvania doesn’t have to choose between clean energy and a strong economy. With #GGI we can have both.

  • Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania Leaders Mark the Premature and Permanent Closing of Three Mile Island - Unit 1

    Pennsylvania’s Failed Energy Policy Results in a Loss of 675 Full-Time Jobs and Emissions-Free Electricity

    LONDONDERRY TOWNSHIP, PA – Leaders of Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania (CJFP) gathered today near Three Mile Island (TMI) to mark the premature and permanent closing of the power plant. TMI Unit 1 was closed today after 45 years of stellar operation because Pennsylvania lawmakers failed to address the widely acknowledged market flaws that unfairly disadvantage nuclear power plants.

    “Today is a difficult day for Central Pennsylvania and for the 675 people who work full-time at Three Mile Island,” said Mike Pries, Co-Chair of Clean Jobs for Pa. and a Dauphin County Commissioner. “The plant had 15 years left on its operating license and is one of the best performing plants in the industry. While it’s too late for Governor Wolf and the state legislature to save TMI, there is still time to act to prevent additional premature nuclear plant closures around the state.”

    “Not only could our elected representatives have taken action to save jobs they could have helped save our environment,” said Anna Dale, CJFP member and Chair of the Londonderry Township Board of Supervisors. “Since 2000, TMI has offset more than 95 million metric tons of carbon. That’s the equivalent of taking nearly 20 million cars off the road. TMI’s power will now be replaced by carbon emitting natural gas. That just doesn’t seem to make sense.”  

    “My immediate thoughts are with the TMI employees who have been struggling through this difficult period. We tried to save the plant with House Bill 11 but we were not successful,” said State Representative Tom Mehaffie. “The state needs to take immediate action to value nuclear energy’s environmental attributes and ensure this outcome doesn’t happen at Pennsylvania’s four other nuclear power stations.”  

    “I am feeling a deep sense of loss because today there should be more than 1,200 tradesmen and women coming into Middletown for a routine refueling and maintenance outage. Carpenters, pipefitters, insulators, boilermakers, electricians all would be earning excellent wages here over the next month. Now those jobs are gone forever,” said Joe Gusler, CJFP Co-Chair and President of the Central Pa. Building Trades. “State lawmakers bend over backwards to attract new jobs to our state, but sat idly by when it came to preserving existing family-sustaining jobs for highly-skilled workers.”


    About Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania

    Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania (CJFP) is a diverse coalition of business, labor, environmental, education, civic and local elected leaders who have come together to support the continued operation of Three Mile Island and the Commonwealth’s four other nuclear plants and the benefits they provide to their local communities. For more information about the coalition, please visit cleanjobsforpennsylvania.com.

    CJFP formed on the heels of the announcement that TMI would close in September 2019 without necessary policy reform. The coalition has also seen a strong response from concerned citizens on social media. Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania’s Facebook page has more than 24,000 followers, and nearly 8,000 people follow the coalition on Twitter.