DEP Secretary John Quigley Talks Climate Change in Pennsylvania in “Environmental Focus”

Contact: Alex Oltmanns
Date: October 16, 2015
Phone: (412) 481-9400
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Pittsburgh – An accelerated rate of warming and the related impacts of climate change in Pennsylvania is the topic for this month’s edition of “Environmental Focus,” the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) monthly environmental affairs television program.

This month’s edition aired on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) Sunday, Oct. 18 with featured guest, Secretary John Quigley of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

During this in-depth, half-hour interview, Quigley discussed the potential impacts of climate change on Pennsylvania and its effects on public health, the economy, agriculture, energy, and more. He also addressed the current status of Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed Clean Energy Plan and the relationship between clean energy and climate change.

Some of the more significant impacts of climate change discussed by Quigley include:

  • By 2050, Pennsylvania’s climate is expected to reach that of present-day Washington, D.C. Also by 2050, Pennsylvania ski resorts will not be economically viable due to decreasing snow cover.
  • Pennsylvania’s black cherry trees are receding and are expected to continue their current rate of decline.
  • Tropical diseases, such as West Nile Virus, are increasing due to increasing temperatures that enable disease-carrying insects to thrive.

Previous editions of “Environmental Focus” have featured topics such as outdoor recreation on Pennsylvania’s waterways, Pennsylvania’s capital budget, the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce, and the Delaware River Conservation Program with guests such as Quigley, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation.

To view past episodes of “Environmental Focus,” click here.

About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Founded in 1970, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is the leading environmental organization in the state, and was instrumental in the passage of nearly every major piece of legislation and regulatory initiative affecting clean air, clean water, land use and conservation, hazardous materials, and other major public policy actions since that time. Today, the organization is heavily engaged in a number of critical initiatives surrounding the development of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, trail and green space development, green energy and climate change programs, water quality, and watershed protection projects.

PEC serves the entire state with programs and staff spanning the Commonwealth.

About Pennsylvania Cable Network

PCN (the Pennsylvania Cable Network) is a Government-access television cable television network dedicated to 24-hour coverage of government and public affairs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It features live coverage of both Houses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as well as other forms of informational and educational programming.

The bulk of PCN’s operations are located in Harrisburg, the Commonwealth capital, but it also has bureaus in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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