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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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Environmental Groups Take Legal Action Over Air Pollution from Industrial Flares

Washington, D.C. – A coalition of ten environmental organizations today sent the Trump Administration EPA a notice of intent to sue the agency over its failure to reduce toxic air pollution from the flares on petrochemical plants, gas processing facilities, and other industrial sites.

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PA cities lag behind other major U.S cities in solar power, new report reveals

[Philadelphia, PA] - Pennsylvania’s largest cities lagged behind other U.S. cities in installing solar power in the last year. Pittsburgh ranked 46th and Philadelphia ranked 50th nationwide for solar energy capacity per capita. The results come from the seventh edition of Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, a new report released today by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. It is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities.

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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.

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Statement: Senate introduces Clean Economy Act

WASHINGTON -- A new bill, introduced today by Sen. Tom Carper and co-sponsored by 33 members, calls for a national goal of net-zero emissions of global warming pollution in the United States by midcentury.

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Congresswoman Susan Wild, state Rep. Steve Samuelson & PennEnvironment host Lehigh Valley clean energy expo, release report

[Center Valley, PA] -- On Thursday evening, PennEnvironment was joined by Congresswoman Susan Wild and State Representative Steve Samuelson to host a clean energy expo promoting renewable energy solutions for the Lehigh Valley. With countless clean energy opportunities at our fingertips, the expo gave residents the opportunity to explore the tools they can implement to promote clean energy and fight climate change in their own homes and throughout the Lehigh Valley.

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New study shows PA missing valuable opportunities to tap into clean energy

[Philadelphia, PA] -- According to a new study released today by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center,  Pennsylvania has seen major increases in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and wind since 2009, but the report shows that the Commonwealth isn't keeping up with many of the states that are more aggressively tapping into clean energy opportunities.

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