To the Editor:

Gov. Wolf took action to reduce Pennsylvania’s contribution to climate change by signing a new executive order to reduce carbon pollution.

This statewide goal calls for a 26 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050 (based on 2005 levels). Since carbon dioxide is one of the main greenhouse gases contributing to climate change, this is a major step in the right direction.

The executive order also establishes a new GreenGov council to oversee the progress and help implement sustainable practices in all aspects of our state’s government, from planning and operations to regulatory functions.

In Pittsburgh, the same day this executive order was signed, Peoples Gas announced a commitment to cut methane emissions from the city’s distribution system by 50 percent using advanced leak detection methods developed in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund — the first of its kind pledge by a United States utility.

Thank you to Gov. Wolf for addressing climate change and making a commitment to reduce the impact of our carbon footprint.

I also call on our federal and state representatives to work together and find ways we can continue to take action in the face of climate change. Thank you to my state legislators, Rep. Steve McCarter and Sen. Art Haywood, for being in the forefront locally of tackling this challenge to our environment.

— Eileen O’Rourke, Flourtown

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