Category: Energy & Climate
Now is the Time to Protect PA Against Climate Threats

Now is the Time to Protect PA Against Climate Threats

October 13, 2021By: Lily Jones

In Pennsylvania, flooding presents one of the greatest climate threats. According to the Climate Impacts Assessment released by the Pennsylvania DEP this past spring, flooding is currently the highest-risk hazard facing the state. This risk will only increase as temperatures...

Pennsylvania Legacies #153

Pennsylvania Legacies #153

October 4, 2021By: Lily Jones

Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Policy Check-In One month ago, the state Regulatory Review Commission signed off on a rulemaking that would make Pennsylvania the newest member of RGGI, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – the state’s best opportunity to substantially...

Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

Key Climate Regulation Closer to Finalization

September 1, 2021

Today the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission concurred with the Environmental Quality Board, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Citizens Advisory Council, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee,...

Now Is the Time for Sustainable Investment

Now Is the Time for Sustainable Investment

August 16, 2021By: Lily Jones

This summer has been packed with climate wake-up calls. Dangerously high temperatures, wildfires, and severe storms have devastated communities across the country. Just this week, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report which outlined in extensive...

Funding to plug and remediate orphan wells moves forward in the Senate

August 5, 2021EDF Blog

The bipartisan infrastructure bill currently under debate in Washington includes a new, $4.7 billion program to address a significant environmental legacy of the fossil fuel industry — the plugging and remediating of orphan oil and gas wells. Orphan wells have...

Pennsylvania Legacies #147

Pennsylvania Legacies #147

July 12, 2021By: Lily Jones

Billions of dollars’ worth of solar panels and other components are flowing into the U.S. from China, feeding a market increasingly hungry for renewable energy. Most are made with materials linked to alleged forced-labor practices in the Xinjiang region. As...

Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

Congress Restores Federal Methane Standards

June 28, 2021

On June 25th the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution (H.J.Res.34) pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (‘CRA’) to restore EPA rules limiting oil and gas methane pollution from new wells, processing plants, and other facilities across the...

PEC Commends Legislation that Invests in PA’s Energy Present and Future

June 14, 2021

Today Senator Carolyn Comitta and Representative Dianne Herrin, accompanied by Governor Wolf, announced companion legislation (Senate Bill 15 and House Bill 1565) that directs proceeds from Pennsylvania’s pending participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to a suite of initiatives...

PEC Letter on House Bill 637

June 9, 2021

PEC joined the Environmental Defense Fund in opposing legislation aimed at blocking Pennsylvania from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. House Bill 637 would actually prevent the Department of Environmental Protection from advancing any proposed policy to control carbon dioxide...

Pennsylvania Legacies #145

Pennsylvania Legacies #145

May 28, 2021By: Lily Jones

In the perennial swing state of Pennsylvania, elections are often decided by voters who don’t identify with either political party – and recent polling shows Independents have swung hard on the issue of climate. With 3 out of 4 Pennsylvanians...