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Renewables on the Rise 2019

America is in the midst of a clean energy revolution. Currently, wind and solar energy provide nearly 10 percent of our nation’s electricity and in 2018 America produced almost five times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2009.  Renewables on the Rise documents the dramatic rise of clean energy over the past decade and looks toward a future that is 100 percent renewable.

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Legislation to transition PA to 100% renewable energy gets its 100th cosponsor

This weekend, Representative Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) became the 100th member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to add their name as a cosponsor to legislation that would commit the commonwealth to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. 

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Bipartisan Senate bill requires states and utilities to increase renewable power

A new bill filed last week by Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) will put the U.S. on track to achieve at least 50 percent renewable electricity nationwide by 2035. The Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) Act of 2019, which requires all states to steadily increase their use of renewable sources like wind and solar each year builds on the wave of ambitious renewable energy policies in the states.

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PennEnvironment Response to PES Refinery Closure Announcement

Reports surfaced on Wednesday, June 26th that Philadelphia Energy Solutions would be closing the Southwest Philly refinery. This announcement comes less than a week after a massive explosion at the plant. 

PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur released the following statement in response:

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PennEnvironment Response to Today's South Philly Refinery Fire

At approximately 3:15 am this morning, a 3-alarm explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in South Philly rocked local neighborhoods

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U.S. Senate steps up on climate Introduces bill to stay in Paris Climate Accord

[Pennsylvania]- Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Bob Menendez (NJ) and Tom Carper (DE) introduced the ”International Climate Accountability Act” (S.1743). This bill is a companion bill to the House’s Climate Action Now Act (HR 9), which passed by a bipartisan majority last month.This legislation aims to keep the United States on track to stay in the Paris Climate Accord, which President Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw from.

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AG Shapiro, PennEnvironment, Mayor Kenney, Congressmen Evans and Boyle speak out against Trump Rollback of Auto Pollution Standards

[Philadelphia, PA]  – PennEnvironment and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro were joined by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressmen Dwight Evans and Brendan Boyle, and State Rep. Steve McCarter today at City Hall to voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s effort to dismantle critical federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. At the same time, the Trump administration is also proposing to usurp states’ ability to  set stricter state-level emissions standards.

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180 U.S. Mayors Call for Use of Solar Power

[Philadelphia, PA] -- A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Pennsylvania, are speaking out in support of solar energy. Pennsylvania had more support than any other state in the nation, with 43 signers from municipalities across the Commonwealth.

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Expo to Showcase Local Solutions to Global Climate Change Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles, Carbon Fee & Dividend, and Community Organizing

New Hope, PA – At a local Climate Solutions Expo in New Hope, local family-owned solar company Exact Solar presented a vision of Bucks county powered by solar panels.  Citizens from across the county heard from a wide range of presenters on how they can tackle climate change, despite federal efforts to undermine clean energy and environmental protections by the Trump Administration.

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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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