Lawmakers introduce new legislation to reduce greenhouse emissions

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State lawmakers are introducing new measures that are expected to help the environment.

State Representative Greg Vitali along with legislators and environmental and energy groups, unveiled three bills that encourage the cutback of the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

The goal of the bill is to avoid the worst effects of climate change by increasing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, permanently funding the Sunshine Solar program and reducing the demand for energy.

"It makes more sense to take these steps now and work towards re-stabilizing the environment rather than be forced to live on a hope and a prayer after it is too late. We can`t afford to run out the clock when it relates to our climate, " Representative Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery,  said.

The new legislation will also permanently fund the Sunshine Solar program which provides 100 million dollars in rebates to help fund solar electric and hot water projects for homeowners and small businesses in Pennsylvania.