Friday, February 12, 2016

PA votes for coal, against alt-fuels; Rep. Gerlach's choice

PA votes for coal, against alt-fuels; Rep. Gerlach's choice

PA votes for coal, against alt-fuels; Rep. Gerlach's choice


The 'cap-and-trade' clean-energy bill, which would penalize oil and coal carbon-burners, and subsidize wind, water, solar power, passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday by a tight 219-212  margin. The Pennsylvania delegation. under pressure by coal and factory owners, voted No, with four of the 12 Democrats joining all seven Republicans in opposition, writes Josh Drobnyk in the Allentown Morning Call's Pennsylvania Avenue blog here.

Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., whose district sprawls Chester, Berks and western Montgomery counties, is a greenish Republican who considered backing the bill but in the end joined his factory-owning, job-preserving, nervous constituents in opposing the bill. Gerlach's statement here. Phillydeals wrote about Gerlach's dilemma last week here.

The bill faces a tough climb in the US Senate, writes Bloomberg here.

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