The last generation

Years ago, many of us thought of global warming as something that would happen “someday.” As it turns out, “someday” is now.

We've all experienced extreme weather in Pennsylvania from hotter days during the summer that will lead to more asthma attacks and heat-related deaths, to torrential downpours and extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy that cause damage to property and loss of life.

Promoting solutions at our fingertips

Of course, no one wants to leave the next generation with a world where heat waves, floods, droughts and worse are the “new normal”.

The good news is that we have the tools available today to stop putting carbon into our air, and to repower our society with clean, renewable energy such as solar, wind and energy efficiency.

What’s more, these  solutions don’t  only reduce carbon pollution, they also clean up our air, reduce asthma attacks, and promote energy independence.

But it won’t be easy: we’re up against powerful special interests and polluters like the coal industry and dirty energy companies and their political allies in Congress and the state legislature. These polluters are spending untold millions to keep the status quo, and reap a short-term profit while leaving the rest of us to grapple with the negative effects of their pollution and climate change.

The Clean Energy Blueprint

PennEnvironment is working at the state and federal level to implement the policies that are needed to end our reliance on the dirty fossil fuels that are the cause of our global warming pollution, and promote a new energy future that is based on 100% truly clean energy sources and energy conservation and efficiency. This includes expanding Pennsylvania’s solar industry, and increasing wind power across the Commonwealth.  And it includes bringing our transportation systems into the 21st Century with vibrant public transit systems and electric vehicles that don’t run on gas.

We’re working with the public health community, clean energy business leaders, religious leaders and others to promote this vision to tackle climate change and make Pennsylvania a national leader in the clean energy economy. This is good for our environment, good for our health, good for consumers and good for creating jobs.

At the same time, we’re working to uncover the worst global warming polluters in Pennsylvania like coal and fracking companies, and stand against their ongoing lobbying and PR campaign to keep the status quo.

 

 

Global Warming Updates

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Obama Administration to Protect Americans’ Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants.  Carbon pollution fuels global warming, which leads to poor air quality that triggers asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

9 out of 10 Pennsylvanians Live in Areas Hit by Recent Weather Disasters

After a year that saw many parts of hit by severe storms and record flooding, a new PennEnvironment report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.   The report found that, already, more than 9 out of 10 Pennsylvanians live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

Weather disasters kill or injure hundreds of Americans each year and cause billions of dollars in economic damage. The risks posed by some types of weather-related disasters will likely increase in a warming world. Scientists have already detected increases in extreme precipitation events and heat waves in the United States, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently concluded that global warming will likely lead to further changes in weather extremes.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Citizens Voice Support for Clean Cars at Philadelphia Hearing

More than one hundred citizens, including doctors, experts, religious leaders, elected officials, and small business owners turned out to voice their support for cleaner cars at a federal public hearing in Philadelphia today. The hearing, one of three being held nationally, was hosted by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation to gauge public opinion on new clean car standards being proposed for new vehicles sold from 2017-2025.

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Letter: New fuel standards save gas and money

"Gas prices going nowhere but up" sure is right that we are all draining our wallets at the pump. A recent study has found that the average household is spending approximately 8.4 percent of its income on gas alone. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel that comes in the unexpected form of increased automobile fuel economy standards.

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