PennFuture Blog

Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations

Fallacy, Fiction, and Falsehoods: Debunking the Fossil Fuel Industryís Stance on Russiaís War in Ukraine

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations, Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy and Climate
This is a running list of some of the most egregious bad-faith arguments being put forth by the fossil fuel industry and their legislative champions in media outlets across Pennsylvania, accompanied by fact-checking of those arguments. Read more

Pipeline Problems Persist in Pennsylvania

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
The next time groups like the Marcellus Shale Coalition tell you pipelines are safe and necessary, donít believe them. The evidence is right in front of us to the contrary. Read more

Civilian Conservation Corps Gaining Momentum in Pennsylvania

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
The William Penn Foundation recently announced a $1.65 million Delaware River Climate Corps that would fund up to 200 jobs restoring landscapes, installing green stormwater infrastructure, and performing home weatherization throughout the Delaware River watershed. Read more

Plastics Could Soon Overtake Coal as a Climate Killer, and Pennsylvania is Right in the Middle of It

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
A report released on Oct. 21 by Beyond Plastics predicted dire consequences as a result of our inability to stop consuming plastics. Specifically, the reportís authors claim that the domestic plastics industryís contribution to climate change is on track to exceed that of coal-fired power in this co Read more

A Banner Week for the Delaware River Watershed

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
It was a banner week for Pennsylvaniaís portion of the Delaware River Watershed, as three events unfolded here that could have enormous ramifications for clean water for decades to come. Read more

A Breath of Fresh Air

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
President Biden's administration is a breath of fresh air, but time will tell as to its true impact on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we all rely on for survival. Read more

An Admission and a Promise

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Like others, PennFuture has fallen short in our efforts to help build a truly equitable and just Pennsylvania. We are being introspective and intentional in trying to change that, and this blog explains our process. Read more

PennFuture releases "A Green Stimulus and Recovery Platform for Pennsylvania" Report

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
On July 28, PennFuture released a strategic roadmap to guide our leaders to implement a green stimulus recovery plan for Pennsylvania. Read more

PennFuture Secures Two Legal Victories in One Week

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Over the course of our 22-year history, PennFuture has achieved significant and meaningful legal victories and, just this week, we received word that two cases had been resolved in our favor. Read more

Fracked Gas, Petrochemical Industries Continue to Overpromise and Underdeliver for Pennsylvanians

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Time and again weíve been shown the true nature of the fracked gas and petrochemical industries, both financially and environmentally. Itís time we start listening. Read more

Fracked Gas and Petrochemical Industries Jockeying for Stimulus Recovery Funds

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Giving stimulus recovery funds to the fracked gas and petrochemical industries is akin to throwing money down a hole at a time when every dollar needs to be used effectively for the greatest possible public good. Read more

Fighting for Our Future

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
On March 9, PennFuture and 34 other organizations from across Pennsylvania banded together to rally in Harrisburg against House Bill 1100. Read more

Why Does Pennsylvania Insist on Offering Subsidies to Fracked Gas and Petrochemicals? The Industries Would Collapse Without Them

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Harrisburg policymakers are, again, debating whether to give more taxpayer-funded handouts to the fracking and petrochemical industries. Read more

National Gas Industry Plans to Spend Big to Advertise Mistruths in Western Pennsylvania

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
Western Pennsylvania is about to be center stage in a new million-dollar public relations campaign spearheaded by the fracked gas industryís largest national lobbying group. Read more

The Dangers of Senate Bill 790, Part II

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
In the coming days, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is poised to vote on Senate Bill 790, a substantial rollback of environmental protections governing the conventional oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania. Read more

Facing the Frack: Gas is Not Enhancing our Environment

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
The fracked gas industry and its proponents excel at spinning false narratives about the health and safety of its operations, and often donít tell the whole story when faced with facts. Read more

Fallacy, Fiction and Falsehoods: Debunking the Petrochemical Industry Part 2

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
This is the second in an ongoing series of blogs taking a deeper look at the comments, misinformation, hyperbole, and criticisms from the natural gas and petrochemical industry as well as their allies in their attempt to sell Pennsylvanians on the virtues of its climate-killing sector. Read more

Fallacy, Fiction and Falsehoods: Debunking the Petrochemical Industry Part 1

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
This is the first in a series of blogs taking a deeper look at the misinformation and hyperbole from the natural gas and petrochemical industry. Read more