Energy & Climate

Energy. It’s more than just Pennsylvania’s legacy. As the 3rd largest energy producer in the U.S., energy remains important to our state’s economy and way of life. But as the 3rd largest emitter of CO2 in the nation, and with abandoned mine lands and damaged streams, we recognize the challenges associated with energy production.

PEC’s Energy and Climate work focuses on achieving deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, advancing a clean energy economy in the state, and reducing the impacts of historic and present energy extraction.

 

Energy & Climate

Deep Decarbonization

Emerging thinking is focusing on the idea of deep decarbonization - a pathway to the end goal of eliminating carbon emissions altogether.

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Inside News and Policy

Worse Than We Knew
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Worse Than We Knew

Here’s what we already knew about methane: It’s the primary component of natural gas. It’s much more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. And a significant amount of it is escaping into the atmosphere as a result of...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #108
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Pennsylvania Legacies #108

October 11, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

An executive order signed by Governor Tom Wolf last week initiates the rulemaking process whereby Pennsylvania will join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state effort to cut carbon emissions using market-based mechanisms. Policy expert Franz Litz, one of...

PEC Blog

A Sense of Urgency

September 20, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Republican and Democratic lawmakers join environmentalists, faith leaders, and community organizations in pushing Governor Tom Wolf to advance meaningful regulations on methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. https://youtu.be/XiHCMzgbrIUVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: A Sense of...

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PA Legislators Call for Strong Methane Rules

September 18, 2019Public News Service

HARRISBURG, Pa. – State senators and representatives from both major parties joined environmental groups in Harrisburg on Tuesday in urging Gov. Tom Wolf to move immediately on new rules to cut methane emissions in the Commonwealth. Methane is a powerful...

Policy Posts

Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

Taking Pennsylvania into the Climate Century

October 3, 2019

Governor Wolf’s proposal to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Initiative (RGGI), announced today, is the first concrete and meaningful step that the Commonwealth has taken to directly address its role in exacerbating climate change. For that, the Governor is...

PEC Letter on SB790

September 23, 2019

PEC and the Environmental Defense Fund submitted the following letter to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, expressing our concerns with Senate Bill 790.

PEC Supports the Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Transition Act

September 4, 2019

Good morning. On behalf of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, I want to thank Senators Haywood and Santarsiero and Representatives Briggs and Webster for inviting us today to discuss the Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Transition Act. I’ll cut to the...