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

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

COVID-19: A Green Recovery

by Timothy Wolff, Legal Intern
We are afforded an opportunity to move Pennsylvania forward while promoting economic revitalization, protecting those with increased susceptibility to COVID-19, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and bringing our energy infrastructure into the 21st century. Read more

Pennsylvania’s House Environmental Committee Approves Bill Removing DEP’s Authority to Enact Carbon Reduction Program

by Ezra P. Thrush, Director of Government Affairs
PennFuture is adamantly opposed to HB 2025 and frustrated with the legislators who voted to advance the bill to the full House floor for consideration. Read more

Trump Administration Rolls Back Air Protections from Fossil Fuel Plants

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency rolled back protections under the federal Mercury Air Toxics Standards regulations for both coal refuse plants and oil-and gas-fired plants. 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

Model shows participation in RGGI would reduce pollution by 180 million tons

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
The results show the plan marks a significant step toward reaching our carbon pollution goals by saving 180 million tons of carbon pollution while maintaining Pennsylvania's status as a significant energy generator and exporter. Read more

DEP is Asking Us to Pick Up the Bill for Waste Coal...Again

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
In creating a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions in Pennsylvania, the state DEP should rethink its policy on waste coal. Read more

While We Wait on the Future to Happen

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
PennFuture remains committed to serving as Pennsylvania's environmental watchdog, which means fighting back against a horrible piece of legislation known as House Bill 1100. 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

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

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

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

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

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

PennFuture delivers Toxic Neighbor petition to U.S. Steel

by Kelsey Krepps, Western PA Outreach Coordinator
PennFuture delivered more than 5,300 petition signatures to the office of U.S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David Burritt, demanding the company modernize its facilities and stop polluting in the Monongahela Valley. 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

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