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McGinty Outlines Energy Platform

Katie McGinty

Speaking at the Lehigh Valley Chamber Energy and Environment Conference earlier today, Democratic candidate for Governor Katie McGinty laid out a new jobs plan centered around energy development.

In her speech, McGinty articulated the economic benefits of making Pa. a clean energy hub, while also continuing to take advantage of the state’s abundant natural gas reserves.

“It’s time to make Pennsylvania the hotbed of energy innovation, where we can build a new industrial cluster to satisfy the world’s need for cleaner and more efficient energy,” McGinty said. “If we do this, we will grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create good-paying jobs, and improve the lives of hard-working families.”

The policy is likely to be at the center of McGinty’s campaign. She served as the head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection as well as a Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Clinton.

“With strong regulatory safeguards, abundant and affordable natural gas from the Marcellus shale not only can put Pennsylvanians back to work, but it also can help Pennsylvania attract new manufacturing, life sciences, and pharmaceutical companies,” McGinty said.

Along with revamping regulatory standards to ensure environmental safety, McGinty also proposes a so-called “reasonable severance tax” on shale development. This kind of tax has already been implemented in West Virginia and other states with comparable resources at their disposal.

Beyond this focus on the natural gas sector, McGinty also believes that Pennsylvania has an opportunity to tap into the growing demand for alternative energy.

“Pennsylvania can and should be a world leader in developing clean and efficient energy,” McGinty posited. “As governor, I will lead that effort.”

She hopes to make Pa. a leader in clean energy by focusing on bringing new business to the state while also providing incentives for existing businesses and individuals to develop more energy efficient practices.

The full plan can be read here.

One Response

  1. I want to vote for you but we need to ban fracking in PA and follow NY’s lead. Its time for clean energy. Whichever candidates push for clean energy will be who I support.

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