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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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New report outlines how PA utility companies can creatively invest in electric school buses

Philadelphia, PA -- To protect our children’s health and environment, PennPIRG Education Fund and PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center have released a new report to identify new, cutting-edge ways that utility companies can assist school districts in paying for zero-emission buses, and how schools can reap the long-term benefits. 

PennEnvironment delivers massive support for PA to join RGGI

By | Kelly Flanigan
Global Warming Solutions Associate & Digital Organizer

On Jan. 14, state officials wrapped up a 60-day public comment period to gauge Pennsylvanians' interest in joining the nation’s most successful state-level program to fight climate change: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). During this period PennEnvironment took the opportunity to make a full-court press to show the broad and deep statewide support for tackling climate change and joining this successful program. 

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Statement: Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support joining RGGI

HARRISBURG, Penn.-- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) completed its 60-day public comment period Thursday to weigh the commonwealth’s public support for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Established in 2008, RGGI is a bipartisan multi-state program that addresses climate pollution by setting a cap, which is annually lowered, on carbon emissions from power plants.

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The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center's webinar brings national RGGI experts together to inform local residents

[Philadelphia, PA] -- With Pennsylvania poised to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), one of the largest and most successful programs for tackling climate pollution in the nation, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center hosted a virtual panel Wednesday night for local residents to educate them about RGGI, its successes, and why Pennsylvania would benefit from joining the initiative. 

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Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Gov. Wolf veto of legislative attack on Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

PHILADELPHIA -- Today Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to prevent the state from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), arguably one of the most successful programs for reducing climate pollution in the nation. House Bill 2025 would go much further than just keeping Pennsylvania out of RGGI: it would also fully revoke the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions -- the main contributor to the global climate crisis.

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Statement: PennEnvironment applauds U.S. Senate committee’s release of ambitious new climate recommendations

[WASHINGTON DC] -- The U.S. Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a long-awaited report Tuesday, making the case for comprehensive climate solutions to meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions nationwide by 2050. This target is in line with the global recommendations set in 2018 by the International Panel on Climate Change, to prevent the Earth from warming more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels and help us avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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Statement: House Democrats release sweeping climate plan

[Philadelphia, PA] -- Democrats on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a comprehensive report Tuesday detailing policies and programs to tackle climate change at the federal level. The report is based on twelve pillars of action with the overall goal of achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by 2050. These programs and policies would transform our transportation system, preserve natural resources and public lands, increase clean energy, and improve clean water infrastructure. 

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PennEnvironment launches new campaign calling for solar homes in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA -- As the Pennsylvania general assembly stalls action on much-needed solar policies and attempts to repeal existing clean energy initiatives, PennEnvironment is calling on local officials to take the reins and pass local policies to help promote clean solar energy and reduce climate pollution.

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