For Immediate Release
Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo and climate activist Bill McKibben joined more than 30 organizations in calling for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to veto legislation that would dedicate more than $667 million to subsidies for the petrochemical industry.
Wolf negotiated a backroom deal with state legislators to address his concerns with a similar bill he vetoed in March. Wolf used his veto of HB1100 as a bargaining chip to make changes to a provision on prevailing wages. The new version of the bill was added as an amendment to an unrelated bill, HB732, effectively bypassing the legislative process.
Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo said, “As fracking companies are going bankrupt, it is unconscionable that Governor Wolf is using state subsidies to prop them up. Governor Wolf is acting like a member of the Trump Administration, not the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania. He has been meeting in secret with the fracking and plastics companies to give them millions in taxpayer dollars. Giving limited resources to fracking companies is obscene when so many people are trying to keep their homes, small business, schools, and families afloat, especially in light of the criminal charges that the state attorney general just slapped this industry with. Spend that money on PPE, food programs and no-fault business loans for the good people of Pennsylvania instead of failing and amoral fossil fuel companies.”
Author and climate activist Bill McKibben said, "Fracking has been a disaster start to finish--for our communities and for our water, and for the planet's climate system on which all of us depend. The time is now to call a halt."
“It is amazing to see how quickly Governor Wolf can move when he is doing the bidding of the shale gas industry! Pennsylvanians profoundly impacted by fracking have been pleading with Wolf to help them since he was elected. When he hasn't ignored them completely, he has made half-hearted promises of years-long studies that don't address problems happening on the ground right now. It's not surprising that he's throwing massive sums of money at the industry by throwing Pennsylvanians suffering from the economic crisis under the natural gas-powered bus,” said Karen Feridun, Co-founder, Better Path Coalition.
“In the midst of a deadly global pandemic, Governor Wolf and Pennsylvania lawmakers have been hatching a secret scheme to hand hundreds of millions of dollars to petrochemical corporations in order to rescue the ailing fracking industry and create more plastic junk,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “Instead of handing over public money to corporate polluters like Shell, lawmakers should put a halt to these absurd petrochemical giveaways, and build a clean, renewable energy industry that will create safe, stable jobs.”