Tom Wolf's Energy Policy: Liberal Ideology Over Jobs

Tom Wolf's takes a page out of Barack Obama's failed energy plans with a job-killing agenda that puts Pennsylvania energy industry at the mercy of radical left wing ideology while increasing energy costs and taxes.

Job-Killing Energy Policies

Tom Wolf wants to bring the Democrats’ war on coal to Pennsylvania.

Tom Wolf wants to impose massive new taxes on our energy.

Tom Wolf wants to bring the energy tax known as cap-and-tax to Pennsylvania.

Tom Wolf’s party voted to BAN natural gas drilling — threatening good paying PA jobs.


More Tom Wolf Energy Facts

  • Tom Wolf wants to bring the Democrats’ the war on coal to Pennsylvania. 1
    • Pennsylvania’s coal industry supports tens of thousands of jobs, and contributes $7 billion to our state’s economy. 2,3,4
    • Coal supplies 42% of Pennsylvania’s electricity as of 2012. 4
    • New EPA regulations put Pennsylvania’s coal jobs at risk, and could cost us 13,205 manufacturing jobs! 5
    • The new regulations would "drive up energy bills for American households and businesses and strangle economic growth". 5
    • Hundreds of family-sustaining jobs have already been lost when power plants closed in Armstrong, Greene and Washington counties. 6,7
    • "The new EPA rules would be a ‘game-changer’ for cap-and-trade." 8
    • Tom Wolf would subject Pennsylvania to a new energy tax that would hurt Pennsylvania’s coal industry. 9,10
  • Tom Wolf wants to impose massive new taxes on our energy.
    • Wolf wants to impose state cap-and-tax on Pennsylvania. 10
      • The Washington Post says Wolf’s plan is just another tax increase:
        • "Ultimately, RGGI might best be thought of less as a solution to climate change and more of a revenue-raiser for the Northeast." 11
    • Wolf was part of a Democratic field that "want[ed] to tax the Dickens out of the Marcellus Shale." 12
      • Even other Democrats have criticized Wolf’s severance tax plan as being "a little high." 13
    • Cap-and-tax increases the cost of everything we buy. 14
  • Tom Wolf wants to a bring job-killing, cap-and-tax to Pennsylvania.
    • Wolf’s state cap-and-trade plan would be in addition to any future federal cap-and-tax plan.
    • The proposed federal cap-and-tax plan would cost Pennsylvania nearly 47,000 jobs, and increase energy costs for a family of four by $1,500 a year. 15,16
    • "Once the government creates a scarce new commodity—in this case the right to emit carbon—and then mandates that businesses buy it, the costs would inevitably be passed on to all consumers in the form of higher prices." 17
    • Representative John Dingell (D-MI): "Nobody in this country realizes that cap-and-trade is a tax. And it’s a great big one." 18,19
  • Tom Wolf’s party voted to BAN natural gas drilling—even though it would kill Pennsylvania jobs. 20,21
    • Pennsylvania is the 2nd largest producer of natural gas in the country. 22
    • A ban on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry puts Pennsylvania jobs at risk. 23
  1. Erica Martinson, "President Obama’s War On Coal Is Real, Industry Supporters Say," Politico, 6/25/13 [Archived Copy]
  2. "ENERGY = JOBS, Pennsylvania State Energy Plan," Office of the Governor, January 2014, Accessed 6/2/2014 [Archived Copy]
  3. "The Economic Contributions of U.S. Mining (2011)," National Mining Association, September 2013, Accessed 6/2/2014 [Archived Copy]
  4. "Comments Before the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, 12/16/2013 [Archive Copy]
  5. "EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax," Heritage Foundation, 12/5/2013 [Archive Copy]
  6. "Coal-Fired Power Plants Closing: FirstEnergy Shutting Down 6 Sites In Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland," Associated Press, 01/26/12 [Archive Copy]
  7. Paul Gough, "Union members hit hard by coal plant closings," Pittsburgh Business Times, 10/15/2013 [Archive Copy]
  8. Suzanne Goldenberg, "Obama to unveil historic climate change plan to cut US carbon pollution," The Guardian, 5/29/2014 [Archive Copy]
  9. Brad Plumer, "Remember cap-and-trade? Obama’s new climate rules could bring it back.," Vox, 5/30/2014 [Archive Copy]
  10. Climate Change, Tom Wolf For Governor, Accessed 5/20/2014 [Archive Copy]
  11. Brad Plumer, "Cap-and-trade is still alive in New England. Is it working?," Washington Post, 2/9/2013 [Archive Copy]
  12. Robert Vickers, "Jack Wagner and Jay Paterno flip Democrats’ 2014 campaign script," Harrisburg Patriot-News, 2/21/2014 [Archived Copy]
  13. Pete DeCoursey, "Schwartz Announces Shale Plan," Capitolwire, 9/4/2013 [Archived Copy]
  14. Nicolas Loris, "The Costs of Cap and Trade," Heritage Foundation, 9/14/2010 [Archived Copy]
  15. Conn Carroll, "How Waxman-Markey Will Affect Your State," Heritage Foundation, 8/12/09 [Archived Copy]
  16. "The Economic Impact of Waxman-Markey," Heritage Foundation, 5/13/2009 [Archived Copy]
  17. Editorial, "Who Pays for Cap and Trade?," Wall Street Journal, 3/9/2009 [Archived Copy]
  18. Rep. John Dingell, House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Science Committee, Joint Hearing, 4/24/09
  19. Glenn Thrush, "Dingell: Cap and trade a ‘great big’ tax," Politico, 4/27/2009 [Archive Copy]
  20. Carl Feldman, "Democratic State Committee Roundup," PoliticsPA.com, 6/15/2013 [Archived Copy]
  21. Elizabeth Stelle, "Dangers of a Severance Tax," Commonwealth Foundation, 5/7/2014 [Archived Copy]
  22. "Pennsylvania’s Energy Policy," Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Accessed 5/31/2014 [Archived Copy]
  23. "Marcellus Shale Fast Facts," Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, 5/2014 [Archived Copy]
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