Downtown conference envisions deep carbon cuts

March 14, 2017 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Pennsylvania is the nation’s second-largest producer of electricity, with a generation mix heavy in fossil fuels and nuclear power.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will convene a two-day conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, on what it will take to get most of the carbon out of Pennsylvania’s electric sector without sacrificing the state’s leadership role as an energy generator.

“We believe in a lot of ways Pennsylvania is really the bellwether,” said John Walliser, the organization’s senior vice president for legal and government affairs. “How do you approach reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electric sector when you have a state that is a net exporter of electricity?”

The conference is designed to address the fact that current trends and policies fall far short of achieving the 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 that climate researchers believe is necessary to have a chance of avoiding the worst effects of climate change…

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