News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. House of Representatives must pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote early next week on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a major bipartisan package for transportation, clean water, power infrastructure and broadband. 

News Release | PennEnvironment

#GO100PA: A RENEWABLE FUTURE FOR PENNSYLVANIA

(Harrisburg, PA)--- Senator Amanda M. Cappelletti (D- Montgomery, Delaware), Senator Katie Muth (D- Berks, Chester, Montgomery),  Representative Christopher Rabb (D-Philadelphia), and Representative Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) joined Flora Cardoni, Field Director for PennEnvironment and a dozen other state legislators in advocating for bold climate action now. The legislators and advocates were calling for “Go 100 PA,” legislation that would put Pennsylvania on track to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. As illustrated by Hurricane Ida, which displaced hundreds of Pennsylvanians and caused over $100 million in damage, it is clear that the Commonwealth is feeling the effects of climate change here and now. These legislators put the responsibility on the legislature to act now.

News Release | PennEnvironment

New report outlines key ways to reconnect nature through wildlife corridors

PHILADELPHIA -- As biodiversity in Pennsylvania and around the globe continues to decline, a new report highlights key projects that are working to reconnect nature through “wildlife corridors.” The report from PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center offers examples of how human-made barriers that hinder species migration and travel can be modified to allow animals to safely traverse through natural corridors between habitats, and could be replicated here in Pennsylvania. The report comes as a bipartisan measure to connect habitat awaits action in the Pennsylvania legislature. At the federal level, the recent passage of the “INVEST in America Act” (HR 3684) by  Congress would provide the funds to build overpasses and tunnels so that wildlife can cross roads. The case studies in this report could be replicated in Pennsylvania

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Statement: PennEnvironment applauds regulatory agency vote to approve RGGI

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC)  approved Pennsylvania’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Wednesday by a vote of 3-2. Established in 2008, RGGI is a bipartisan multi-state program that addresses carbon pollution by setting a cap on carbon emissions from power plants, which is lowered each year. It is considered the most successful state-level program for reducing global warming pollution in the nation. Currently, 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) participate in this program. 

This decision follows nearly two years of regulatory review and public input, including a public comment period at the end of 2020 that showed Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support joining this program. In addition, the Environmental Quality Board voted earlier this summer to adopt the final rulemaking as well. While Wednesday’s decision marks the final step in the regulatory process, legal and legislative challenges are expected throughout the fall.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Release: Port Authority of Allegheny County urged to transition to electric vehicles

PITTSBURGH -- PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and sixteen other groups representing a broad cross-section of Pittsburghers submitted a letter Friday calling on the Port Authority of Allegheny County to commit to fully electrify its fleet, to commit to using energy generated 100% from renewable sources, and to create detailed plans to ensure these goals

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