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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

What is the Transportation and Climate Initiative?

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Pennsylvania and other Northeast and Mid Atlantic states are exploring a cap-and-invest approach to address transportation-related carbon pollution Read more

Fallacy, Fiction, and Falsehoods: Debunking RGGI Myths Part 1

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Facing the prospect of actually having to pay for their pollution rather than being allowed to dump it in the air for free, polluters and their friends are mobilizing to oppose RGGI with fallacies and mistruths. Read more

First Glimpse: PennFuture analyzes draft of DEP's cap-and-invest program

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Next week, the state DEP will present its first draft of a cap-and-invest program that could be implemented in Pennsylvania. Read more

New rule attempts to tackle pollution from oil and gas wells

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
While an important step, the proposed rulemaking still has some hurdles in the regulatory process before becoming law, but the rule also has some significant shortfalls. 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 don’t tell the whole story when faced with facts. Read more

Reflections on 2019, and Looking Ahead to 2020

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo reflects on PennFuture's achievements in 2019, but also looks ahead to the challenges of 2020. 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

Making Sense of Pennsylvania’s Growing Debate Around Petrochemicals

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
Pennsylvania’s proposed petrochemical buildout is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and bad for our communities. Read more

So Pennsylvania Might Join RGGI. What Comes Next?

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Rob Altenburg describes the process that will unfold over the next 18 to 24 months as Pennsylvania works to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Read more

A Sunnier Vision for Pennsylvania: An Alternative to Giving Tax Breaks to Fossil Fuels

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
On Sept. 19th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to give yet another gift to the already heavily subsidized natural gas and petrochemical industry: a 20 percent tax break. This archaic vision of economic development in Pennsylvania is a threat to our communities, ecology, and climate. Read more

Philadelphia Energy Solutions' Failures

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Dumping money into the petrochemical industry is a dead end for Pennsylvania and we need a better and more sustainable pathway for our future. Read more

Artists Interpreting Climate Change, Part 3

Courtesy of Stacy Levy
by M. Travis DiNicola, Director of Development
PennFuture's Director of Development talks about the intersection of art and climate change. Read more

D.C. Visit Marks Success for the Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Day on the Hill Lobby Day on March 6, 2019 with Senator Bob Casey.
by Taylor Nezat, Campaign Manager for Watershed Advocacy, PennFuture
PennFuture and clean water advocates from across Pennsylvania teamed up on March 6 for the annual Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC) Chesapeake Bay Day on the Hill. Read more

Despite Trump, We Will Act on Climate

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo discusses the latest report on climate. Read more

With New Climate Report Issued, PennFuture Continues Legacy of Work

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
We will continue to fight climate change as a new report makes dire predictions. Read more

Artists Interpreting Climate Change, Part II

by M. Travis DiNicola, Director of Development
Director of Development M. Travis DiNicola explores how artists interpret climate change in a follow up blog. Read more

The Inevitable Policy Response Theory

Christina Simeone explores the policy response theory when it comes to climate change. Read more

Hurricane Florence is the Latest Sign of Our Failure + Enduring Hope

by Matthew Stepp, Vice President and Chief of Staff, PennFuture
In closing Climate Month, PennFuture Chief of Staff and Vice President Matt Stepp looks at what we face in the future. Read more

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