Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations designed to address the threat posed to the state by climate change.

DePasquale’s 40-page report suggested that state and local entities are ill-prepared for the potential effects of climate change and that Pennsylvania will endure increased financial and health impacts if state lawmakers fail to act. 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

House Democratic Policy Committee members met Friday in Havertown to learn more about the state’s options with the regional greenhouse gas initiative Governor Tom Wolf (D) committed to last month.
 
Pennsylvania will join nine others, including three neighboring states, in placing a cap on carbon dioxide emissions and inducing power plants to purchase allowances based upon their emission levels through a common market. Wolf announced an executive order October 3 to enter the “cap-and-trade” program.
Friday, November 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

On Wednesday at a Climate Action summit, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his opposition to bringing additional petrochemical companies to Western Pennsylvania.

In his remarks Peduto stated that his objections stem from concern over the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, the economy, and public health.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
SEPTA to purchase solar power from Franklin County project

SEPTA to purchase solar power from Franklin County project

While Gov. Tom Wolf (D) tries to negotiate a greener future for Pennsylvania, some major names have already committed to using more renewable energy. Among them, SEPTA recently agreed to purchase a portion of their expected electricity needs from two solar farm in Franklin County.
 
The state’s largest regional mass transit operator announced in July their plan to purchase from the farms, which will be owned and operated by Lightsource BP. The farms will exclusively produce electricity for SEPTA with a rate locked in for 20 years.
Monday, October 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

As international climate rallies take place across the globe, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing to learn more about the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat climate change. 

The hearing offered a glimpse into the future of climate-related policy in the General Assembly, which would have to appease both Democrats and Republicans before making it to the Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. 
Friday, September 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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