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Plugging In

The adoption of large numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) offers many benefits for cities, including cleaner air and the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower emissions of the pollutants that contribute to smog and par- ticulate matter. 

The number of EVs on America’s streets is at an all-time high. Throughout 2016, sales of plug-in electric vehicles increased nearly 38 percent. In 2017, sales of electric vehicles were up again, increasing 32 percent over the year. The introduction of the Chevy Bolt, Tesla’s Model 3 and other affordable, long-range electric vehicles suggests that growth in EV sales is just beginning. In fact, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV was named Motor Trend ’s 2017 Car of the Year. 

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As Electric Cars Revolutionize the Vehicle Market, New Study Helps Cities Address Infrastructure and Parking Challenges

Pennsylvania– With electric vehicles (EVs) hitting U.S. streets in record numbers, a new study by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group highlights best practices to help local officials make their cities as EV-friendly as possible. The new report, “Plugging In: Readying America’s Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles,” includes local and state data for Harrisburg and Pennsylvania about the projected number of electric cars expected on the road in coming years, and how cities can accommodate these new EVs with enough places to park and recharge. 

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Pennsylvanians Featured in Project Highlighting "Voices for 100% Renewable Energy"

Today, PennEnvironment highlighted Pennsylvania residents profiled in a national project as leading voices for clean energy. The initiative, Voices for 100% Renewable Energy, is an online album with photos, testimonials and videos featuring a wide array of individuals – from academics, to mayors and other public officials, to community leaders, to business and nonprofit leaders – embracing a massive transition to clean energy.

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Citizens Rally to Expand Clean Energy in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG– More than 100 residents across Pennsylvania traveled to the Capitol today with PennEnvironment to deliver a message to members of the General Assembly: it’s time to play a leadership role in pioneering climate and clean energy solutions.

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Pittsburgh’s elected leaders sign full-page Post-Gazette ad in response to President Trump’s climate announcement.

PITTSBURGH (June 5, 2017) – Sending a clear message that President Trump’s disastrous climate policies don’t represent the opinion of Pittsburghers, the city’s senior elected officials, including Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, have signed a full-page advertisement that will appear in tomorrow’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette supporting action to curb the dangerous impacts of climate change.

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Statement on President Trump's Abandonment of Paris Agreement

“President Trump has got it exactly backwards: there’s no sound economy in our future without a healthy planet.  If national leadership chooses to ignore that reality, then governors and mayors must step in to fill the leadership void to show the world that Americans will do our part to address the climate crisis.” – David Masur, PennEnvironment Executive Director

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Our Health at Risk

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

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Philadelphia and Pittsburgh rank in the top 3 smoggiest cities in the Northeast

[Philadelphia] —Philadelphians experienced 97 unhealthy air pollution days in 2015 increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts according to a new report from PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.  

“Even one day with unhealthy air is too many,” said Ash Khayami, a Campaign Organizer with PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

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Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue Owners of Steel Plant Over Illegal Air Pollution

Pittsburgh, Pa. - Four environmental organizations today provided notice that they intend to sue owners of a steel plant in Western Pennsylvania for violating the federal Clean Air Act by releasing far more pollution than a permit for the plant allows. 

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), PennEnvironment, the Environmental Integrity Project and the Clean Air Council are taking action against the Allegheny Ludlum plant in Brackenridge, about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. 

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Scott Pruitt won’t protect Pennsylvania’s air, water or families

“Pennsylvanians and all Americans deserve an EPA administrator who will fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the planet we love. Scott Pruitt fails on all these accounts.” – David Masur, PennEnvironment.

Philadelphia – Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is slated to vote on President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. PennEnvironment’s Executive Director, David Masur, issued the following statement in response: