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

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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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

America’s top scientists say climate change’s impact is getting worse

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that we as a nation and a Commonwealth need to develop strategies right away to mitigate the effects of climate change, or face increasingly dire consequences.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

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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Five Legislators join PennEnvironment to highlight clean energy solutions at Haverford College

Haverford, PA - Yesterday, PennEnvironment was joined by Senator Daylin Leach, Representative Mary Jo Daley, Representative Madeleine Dean, Representative Tim Briggs and Representative Greg Vitali to hold a clean energy forum promoting clean energy solutions and calling on Pennsylvania to transition to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible. With record heat waves and torrential downpours hitting the state and wildfires burning across the west coast, the need for clean energy solutions and moving off of fossil fuels to solve climate change could not be any clearer.

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