Energy and the Environment

We can protect our environment while also being an energy leader.

The Pennsylvania Constitution ensures Pennsylvanians have access to a healthy natural environment that supports their quality of life. According to Article 1 Section 27: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come.” 

The Commonwealth is tasked with conserving and maintaining these public resources “for the benefit of all people,” and Joe will ensure that extraction industries do not hinder this right for Pennsylvanians.

We can respect the natural environment while also producing the energy we need to sustain our families, businesses and way of life.

Joe Waltz

Joe supports

Diversifying our energy sources.

  • Joe supports the existing Impact Fee because of the benefits it has provided to our rural communities directly impacted by drilling. However, Pennsylvania remains the largest natural gas-producing state without a severance tax. Joe would also consider a minimal severance tax on natural gas, in addition to the Impact Fee, as this revenue could help fund important programs, such as our education system, and offset property tax reductions for senior citizens.
  • To help offset the negative effects of climate change and also develop new opportunities for energy jobs in our area, Joe is a proponent of diversifying our energy sources to include wind, solar and other renewable options, in addition to other traditional energy sources.
  • Joe supports providing incentives for private industry to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through things like carbon credits and rebates for investments in renewable energy alternatives.

Conservation of our natural assets.

  • Joe understands that our area’s natural beauty attracts both residents and visitors to our area, and that’s part of why it’s so important to protect it.  The natural environment is also a job generator for the 76th District in more ways than one, with about 10 percent of jobs supported by nature and heritage tourism.
  • Joe will support legislation to invest in reforestation, riparian buffers and resource conservation by working hand in hand with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Investing in energy efficiency & community planning.

  • Increases in energy efficiency lower costs.  Joe will encourage new construction to implement energy efficiency standards and will also support efforts to retrofit older buildings to make them more cost effective and environmentally sound.
  • Joe supports the creation of an energy plan for Clinton County. The creation of an energy plan for Clinton County could help the community retain more wealth by using less energy, thereby enhancing our energy independence. The re-circulation of wealth within a region that results from energy cost-savings, coupled with local business and job creation, has the potential to economically re-energize rural America.