Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox:
We are thankful to Governor Wolf for vetoing HB 1327, the fiscal code legislation. As pro-life Christians, we are deeply concerned for the impacts HB 1327 would have on our children’s health. We urge the General Assembly to allow this toxic version to fade away and pass a clean fiscal code without amendments.
If the General Assembly were to override Governor Wolf’s veto of HB 1327, this would:
- Take away $12 million from energy efficiency programs contained in the Alternative Energy Investment Act to provide natural gas connection grants.
- The bill would make it easier to drill near schools, playgrounds, and public water supplies.
- Allows either chamber of the General Assembly to unilaterally disapprove Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan. This is not only unconstitutional, but would slow down Pennsylvania’s transition to a clean energy future for our children.
“Today 1 in 3 of our kids has asthma, autism, ADHD, or allergies with direct links to fossil fuels and petrochemicals,” stated EEN’s President, Rev. Mitch Hescox, “That’s why pro-life Christians in Pennsylvania have voiced their support for reducing carbon pollution, methane leaks, and producing clean energy.”