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PEC Opposes Riders to State Budget Legislation

July 27, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Governor and General Assembly in opposition to tax code legislation that was amended to include two provisions which fundamentally alter environmental permitting and protections. Click here to identify your legislator and let...

PEC Opposes Proposed Diversion of Conservation and Recreation Funds

July 21, 2017

Today PEC sent the following communication to members of the General Assembly: July 21, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Proposed Diversion of Monies from Local Environmental Project Funds Dear Senators and Representatives: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council...

PEC Supports HB 1446

July 13, 2017

PEC has sent the following letter to Representative Quinn, the primary sponsor of HB 1446, expressing our support of this important legislation and suggesting a few areas of improvement. July 13, 2017 Honorable Marguerite Quinn Pennsylvania House of Representatives 141...

PEC Letter on Administrative Code Legislation

July 12, 2017

PEC sent the following communication in to the General Assembly: July 11, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Environmental Riders to Administrative Code Legislation (Senate Bill 446) The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) urges you to oppose three...

PEC Comments on HB1563, HB1564, HB165, HB1566

June 29, 2017

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council sent the following communication to Representative Reese, the primary sponsor of House Bills 1563-1566. June 26, 2017 Dear Representative Reese, On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, we are writing to share our thoughts regarding HB...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way
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Pennsylvania Legacies #50: In Harm’s Way

August 18, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

At least one major federal government entity is still paying attention to the threat of climate change: the military. A retired naval officer explains why, in a talk given at PEC’s 2017 deep decarbonization conference. (Learn more at pec-climate.org) In...

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Op-ed: A disaster in the making

August 12, 2017Centre Daily Times

BY DAVID HESS AND DAVITT WOODWELL AUGUST 11, 2017 10:28 PM   The chaotic state budget process is again moving in fits and starts in Harrisburg. And, again, the public is left to wonder how our environment will bear the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #49: The Cost of Doing Business
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Pennsylvania Legacies #49: The Cost of Doing Business

August 11, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Curbing methane emissions from natural gas production isn’t just about combating climate change. For many conservatives in Western states, it’s just good business. We visit a Wyoming startup that’s helping oil & gas companies save money and keep their workers...

Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented
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Pennsylvania Legacies #48: Unprecedented

August 4, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

  A deal struck as part of the state budget process could hamstring the Department of Environmental Protection and put permitting decisions in the hands of unqualified private actors. One former DEP chief warns these amendments would set a disastrous...

A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem
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A Bad Solution to the Wrong Problem

July 31, 2017By: Davitt Woodwell

The Pennsylvania Senate and, by all appearances, Governor Wolf, have struck a deal that aims to mitigate the Commonwealth’s fiscal issues at the sole expense of environmental protections. What have they done? Essentially, they have proposed to nullify the Department of...


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