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Coal Seen as Casualty of Pennsylvania Joining State Climate Pact

Aug. 7, 2020, 6:55 PM

Coal-fired power will plummet to 1% of Pennsylvania’s power generation by 2030 if the state joins a regional bid to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the state’s Democratic administration says.

That would be a staggering drop for the nation’s third-largest coal state. As recently as 2010, 48% of Pennsylvania’s energy came from coal, according to the Energy Information Administration.

It also would be part of a broader plan that will remove 188 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2030—10 times more than would be achieved if the state doesn’t join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, said Hayley Book,...

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