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Cleaner Cars for PA

Transportation is one of Pennsylvania’s leading sources of the air pollution that harms our health and contributes to global warming. One-quarter of Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation and more than a third of the nitrogen oxide emissions that contribute to harmful ozone smog come from highway vehicles.

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New Study: PA electric vehicle program expansion could lead to 18-million-ton yearly reduction in state’s climate pollution

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania could reduce its climate pollution by 18 million metric tons annually -- the equivalent of taking nearly 4 million gas-powered vehicles off the road --  by expanding its clean cars program to include a Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) program, according to a new study released Thursday.  This report comes out just after the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed the Keystone State embrace a ZEV program. 

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Electric Buildings

To prevent air and water pollution and avoid the worst impacts of global warming, America must move toward meeting our energy needs with 100% renew-able energy. Getting there will require that we get the most out of every bit of energy we use — and that we stop burn-ing fossil fuels in our homes and commercial buildings.

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New report: By electrifying buildings, PA would reap massive health benefits, climate pollution reductions

Philadelphia, PA -- Pennsylvania ranks sixth in the nation for its potential to reduce global warming pollution by electrifying buildings, according to a new report released today by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, PennPIRG Education Fund, and Frontier Group. The study, Electric Buildings: Repowering Homes and Businesses for Our Health and Environment, found that completely electrifying Pennsylvania’s homes and businesses by 2050 would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 13.7 million metric tons -- equal to taking nearly 3 million cars off the road. Going all-electric in our state’s buildings would help cut emissions, improve public health, and protect the planet, the report concluded.

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State legislators announce legislation to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy

[Harrisburg, PA] -- State Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) and state Senators Amanda M. Cappelletti (D-Montgomery & Delaware Counties) and Katie Muth (D-Chester & Montgomery counties) announced on Saturday that they would be introducing legislation in the State House and State Senate that would require Pennsylvania to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.

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Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Gov. Wolf for largest government solar commitment in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new renewable energy initiative Monday that is, to date, the largest solar commitment by any U.S. governing entity. All told, this initiative will supply nearly 50 percent of the state government’s electricity through seven new solar arrays slated for construction in Pennsylvania’s Columbia, Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and York counties. When the project is completed in early 2023, it is expected to deliver 361,000 megawatts of electricity each year and reduce climate-triggering carbon pollution by nearly 158,000 metric tons annually.

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Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Senators’ intervening in fracking lawsuit to protect Delaware River

Pennsylvania state senators from across the Delaware River Basin came together today to announce their motion to intervene in “Yaw v. DRBC”, the historic case around protecting the watershed from the negative environmental and health effects of fracking. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regional multi-state agency charged with preserving the Delaware River watershed, recently cast a historic vote today to ban fracking within the Delaware River Basin. Today’s intervening and DRBC’s vote comes after a multi-year public input process.

Fracking banned in the Delaware River watershed

By | Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

For 15 million people, drinking water will stay fracking-free. 

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Statement: Vote to protect Delaware River from fracking is historic

PHILADELPHIA – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regional multi-state agency charged with preserving the Delaware River watershed, cast a historic vote today to ban fracking within the Delaware River Basin. This action comes after a multi-year public input process. Patrick McDonnell, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, voted on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf to approve this proposal.

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Accelerating the Transition to Electric School Buses

THE VAST MAJORITY of school buses in the United States run on diesel, a fossil fuel that has been shown to cause numerous health problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and cancer. Diesel exhaust is also a greenhouse gas, which contributes to climate change. However, there is an alternative: zero-emission battery electric school buses.

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