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Fossil Fuel Polluters and Friends Ramp Up New Attack on Solar Energy in Pa.

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Rep. Chris Dush, one of the most notorious climate deniers in the state House of Representatives, is leading a new assault on solar energy in Pa. Read more

Trump's Energy Secretary Denies Human-Made Climate Change, Promotes Petrochemicals During Beaver County Visit

by Emily Persico, Policy Analyst
Last week, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette came to Beaver County and promoted a bleak vision for the future that includes a reliance on petrochemicals and fossil fuels at the expense of renewable energy. Read more

LNG in PA Blog #5: Public opposition grows to proposed LNG shipping terminals

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
As communities and local government learn more about LNG in Pennsylvania, they are taking steps to protect themselves. Read more

Despite roadblocks from Legislature, RGGI rulemaking process advances

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
On Sept. 15, the Environmental Quality Board advanced for public comment Pennsylvania's cap-and-invest carbon reduction rule. Read more

LNG in PA Blog #4: Liquified Natural Gas Should Not Become the New Bomb Trains to Threaten Our Communities

by Abigail M. Jones, Vice President of Legal and Policy
Communities across Eastern Pennsylvania are at the center of a new debate over whether fracked gas and its byproducts, specifically liquified natural gas, can be safely produced and transported to new markets. Read more

Pennsylvania's Unions Must Look to the Future

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
In her monthly blog, PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo writes about labor unions in Pennsylvania being on the wrong side of clean energy and climate change. Read more

REFUTED: CNX’s Eight Irrefutable Energy Truths Expose Industry Desperation

by Emily Persico, Policy Analyst
Last week, the president and CEO of one of the largest fracked gas companies in western Pennsylvania authored a dishonest opinion piece that spoke to the desperation of the fossil fuel industry. Read more

Senate Bill 15: A New Direction for Pennsylvania

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Sen. Costa and a number of co-sponsors have just introduced “The Energy Transition and Recovery Act” that, if passed, would help guide the Commonwealth through the coming energy transition and support our workers and communities as we cut carbon emissions and other harmful pollution. Read more

A New Coalition for a Better Future

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
In her monthly blog, PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo writes about the need for a new coalition of Pennsylvanians that will fight for family sustaining jobs that protect and improve our environment. 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

LNG in PA Blog #2: Bomb Trains Through Pennsylvania

by Megan Rulli, Legal Intern
A new rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration allows dangerous LNG trains to barrel through towns and cities in Pennsylvania without warning and without increased safety measures. Read more

A New Voice in the Fight Against Petrochemicals

by Emily Persico, Policy Analyst
Emily Persico recently joined PennFuture as a policy analyst and will help craft the organization's evolving strategy to halt the petrochemical buildout in Pennsylvania. Read more

LNG in PA Blog Series #1: What is Liquefied Natural Gas?

by Megan Rulli, Legal Intern
In this first of several blog posts, PennFuture legal intern Megan Rulli explains what Liquefied Natural Gas is and what it means for Pennsylvania. Read more

Pipeline's Cancellation Shows Importance of Renewables in Pennsylvania

by Richard Marcil, Legal Intern
In a major win for the environment, Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. announced Sunday that they will not be moving forward with their Atlantic Coast fracked gas pipeline. Read more

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

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