The last generation

Years ago, many of us thought of global warming as something that would happen “someday.” As it turns out, “someday” is now.

We've all experienced extreme weather in Pennsylvania from hotter days during the summer that will lead to more asthma attacks and heat-related deaths, to torrential downpours and extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy that cause damage to property and loss of life.

Promoting solutions at our fingertips

Of course, no one wants to leave the next generation with a world where heat waves, floods, droughts and worse are the “new normal”.

The good news is that we have the tools available today to stop putting carbon into our air, and to repower our society with clean, renewable energy such as solar, wind and energy efficiency.

What’s more, these  solutions don’t  only reduce carbon pollution, they also clean up our air, reduce asthma attacks, and promote energy independence.

But it won’t be easy: we’re up against powerful special interests and polluters like the coal industry and dirty energy companies and their political allies in Congress and the state legislature. These polluters are spending untold millions to keep the status quo, and reap a short-term profit while leaving the rest of us to grapple with the negative effects of their pollution and climate change.

The Clean Energy Blueprint

PennEnvironment is working at the state and federal level to implement the policies that are needed to end our reliance on the dirty fossil fuels that are the cause of our global warming pollution, and promote a new energy future that is based on 100% truly clean energy sources and energy conservation and efficiency. This includes expanding Pennsylvania’s solar industry, and increasing wind power across the Commonwealth.  And it includes bringing our transportation systems into the 21st Century with vibrant public transit systems and electric vehicles that don’t run on gas.

We’re working with the public health community, clean energy business leaders, religious leaders and others to promote this vision to tackle climate change and make Pennsylvania a national leader in the clean energy economy. This is good for our environment, good for our health, good for consumers and good for creating jobs.

At the same time, we’re working to uncover the worst global warming polluters in Pennsylvania like coal and fracking companies, and stand against their ongoing lobbying and PR campaign to keep the status quo.

 

Global Warming Updates

News Release | PennEnvironment

Local officials call for infrastructure that protects Pennsylvania’s health and environment

PHILADELPHIA -- A group of over 360 local elected officials from across the United States, including 111 signers from Pennsylvania, called on President Biden and Congress for robust infrastructure funding to make our communities healthier and protect the environment. The national sign-on letter, released by PennEnvironment, highlighted how infrastructure investment could unite a divided country and heal economic wounds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It called for investments -- essential to protecting public health and addressing climate change -- in five key areas: clean water; transportation; clean energy; nature-based; and solid waste infrastructure.

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News Release | Environment America

Statement: EPA acts responsibly by relaunching climate science and policy website

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency reinstated its website centered on climate science and policy on Thursday. This information was removed from the EPA website by the previous administration. This relaunch is a strong signal that the Biden administration will restore the role of science in protecting our communities and public health. 

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News Release | Environment America

Statement: Michael Regan’s confirmation as EPA secretary is the right decision for key agency

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. With his strong environmental protection background as the leader of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, Regan is expected to place the agency’s focus back squarely on its mission: to protect the environment and public health. This will include safeguarding the nation’s waterways and air quality, as well as pushing forward with bold action to address climate change.

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News Release | Environment America

Statement: Bold climate bill aims for zero carbon emissions by midcentury

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the new CLEAN Future Act on Tuesday. This comes after a year of input from stakeholders nationwide, following the release of a version of this bill in 2020. The legislation lays out a path for the United States to reach economy-wide emissions reduction targets that would allow the country to hit net zero emissions by 2050. This new legislation also sets an interim goal for the country to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 50 percent below 2005 levels by no later than 2030. These science-based targets aim to keep global warming below 1.5 additional degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

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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