News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

PennEnvironment Statement: Clean cars rollback by Trump administration will worsen climate crisis

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today finalized the rule to rewrite and dramatically weaken the federal clean car standards, which were initially set to double fuel economy and would have cut global warming pollution in half for cars sold in 2025. The weaker standards will set back climate progress and could result in more than 900 million additional metric tons of global warming pollution in our atmosphere. Transportation pollution is already the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country, and this rollback will further contribute to climate change while also worsening our air quality and threatening our health right here in Pennsylvania.

News Release | PennEnvironment

Suspension of EPA enforcement during the Coronavirus puts our health at risk from polluters

Late Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new policy that would suspend enforcement of key provisions of our nation’s environmental laws during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision came on the heels of requests from the oil and gas industry and others seeking exemptions at this time.

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Statement: Gov. Wolf’s veto of tax break for fracking, single-use plastics is vital

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf today vetoed a bill (HB 1100) that would give the fracking and petrochemical industries a massive tax break. The legislation would not only lead to more than $660 million in lost revenue for the commonwealth, but would also make it harder to fund important statewide priorities such as environmental protection, public health and education. 

The proposal has been met with broad opposition from environmental organizations. Nevertheless, members of the General Assembly have publicly stated their intent to try to override Gov. Wolf’s veto.

News Release | Environment America

In addressing the coronavirus, Congress must not exacerbate the climate crisis

Congress is rushing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out industries affected by the measures being taken to stem the spread and severity of the coronavirus. But in putting out one fire, our leaders must not pour gasoline on another -- namely, global warming. Taxpayer dollars should not be spent bailing out industries that are accelerating climate change. Any bailout funding must require industries to reduce their carbon emissions and other pollution.

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Statement in response to the Allegheny County Health Department hiring Dr. Debra Bogen as director

PITTSBURGH -- The Allegheny County Board of Health announced on Wednesday that it is hiring Dr. Debra Bogen, formerly a pediatrician with UPMC and Pittsburgh’s Children's Hospital, as the new director of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD).

In response to the new hiring, Zachary Barber, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s Clean Air Advocate, issued the following statement:

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