Tom Wolf on Energy & Oil
Scott Wagner (R): No. Earlier suggested heat from human bodies & planet moving closer to the sun were causes of global warming. Recently acknowledged human impact.
Tom Wolf (D): Yes. "The science of climate change is settled. Reduce Pennsylvania's carbon emissions. by promoting a cleaner energy mix."
Q: Support government limits on greenhouse gases? Support participation in US Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to climate change action.
Scott Wagner (R): No. Opposes regulatory overregulation. Government should also pare down regulations on natural gas drilling industry.
Tom Wolf (D): Supports limiting greenhouse gases, but hasn't joined Climate Alliance. Says PA is on target to exceed the Paris climate agreement without joining the Alliance.
Scott Wagner (R): No. Does not support subsidizing renewables or clean energy. Need to let market decide.
Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Has supported loans & grants for solar energy. Also financing mechanism for low-cost funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, & water conservation upgrades to commercial properties.
Q: Support severance tax on oil & gas extraction?
Scott Wagner (R): No. Would drive drillers to other states.
Tom Wolf (D): Yes. Only gas-producing state that doesn't have this kind of tax, though drillers do pay comparable impact fee. Would raise $250 million in first year.
Four years ago Tom Wolf called for a severance tax on natural gas extraction and responsible development, saying: "Pennsylvania is sitting on one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the world, the Marcellus Shale formation, which stretches from our northeast to southwest corner. With new drilling techniques we can now efficiently unlock these massive natural gas deposits that lie beneath huge portions of our state. That would make our commonwealth the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and, if managed correctly, transform our economy." Tom Wolf believes Marcellus Shale must be a key component of any plan for Pennsylvania's economic future.