Auditor General Calls for PA to take Action on Climate Change to Save Lives, Prepare for Higher Costs

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged Pennsylvania to do more to prepare for the impacts of climate change due to a lack of meaningful action at the federal level.

“The climate crisis will impact public health and safety, disrupt our economy and create new burdens on taxpayers,” DePasquale said at his third public hearing on the topic. “In light of how little serious work is being done about the crisis at the national level, states must make certain they’re prepared for these potentially devastating impacts.”

DePasquale is developing a special report on state government’s response to climate change and steps that can better prepare the state for the future, noting that the problem will impact health, transportation and other infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, and tourism – among other issues.

“I want our state to be ready for what the federal government’s own experts say is already happening and what is yet to come,” DePasquale added, referencing a federal report issued last fall.

That report said that in the Northeast region, climate change poses threats to public health and safety from extreme heat and flooding; raises concerns about damage to aging power, water, sewer and transportation systems; and will impact rural communities, farming, forestry and tourism by altering ecosystems.