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PennFuture offers opportunity for citizen input on global warming plan

January 22, 2009

Ideas to be shared with Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Advisory Committee

Harrisburg, PA (January 22, 2009) - Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) today announced an opportunity for all Pennsylvanians to help decide how the state should fight global warming through a special webpage, my.pennfuture.org/ShareYourIdeas, which will collect recommendations on how Pennsylvania can reduce its contribution to global warming pollution. Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of PennFuture, has promised to convey all ideas to the state’s Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC).

“Pennsylvania is the nation’s third largest global warming polluter and solving the problem will take everyone’s involvement,” said Jarrett, who was appointed to the CCAC by Governor Rendell. “I want the committee to have the benefit of as many ideas as possible, so I will be delivering any comments PennFuture receives even before the plan is officially open for public comment. I believe that early public input is vital.”

The Climate Change Advisory Committee is charged with developing a plan to reduce Pennsylvania's emissions of heat-trapping gases. The committee is in the process of compiling a list of recommendations for actions for the state to take. The final list will be included in the state action plan, which is set for release in March, followed by a 30-day official public input period. That public comment period will include six public hearings around the state.

“We wanted to make sure that all Pennsylvanians have an opportunity to be heard,” said Jarrett. “Our new webpage will provide such a chance for citizens to share their ideas, thoughts and suggestions on specific actions Pennsylvania can take. No idea is too big – or too small.”

PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998. PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state and federal courts, advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level, public education and assisting citizens in public advocacy.

Working from the premise that “Every environmental victory grows the economy,” PennFuture has successfully advocated for landmark environmental legislation, including passage of the largest-ever environmental funding bond, public investment in green energy and energy savings programs, passage of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, adoption of the Clean Vehicles Program and adoption of a regulation that protects Pennsylvania’s babies by restricting mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. PennFuture has staff throughout the state, in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester, Doylestown and Wilkes-Barre. The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the “state’s leading environmental advocacy organization.”


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