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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 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...

Testimony: PEC Climate Policy Recommendations

May 1, 2019

Testimony of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council John Walliser, Senior Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs   Chairman Tomlinson, Chairman Boscola, Chairman Yaw, Chairman Yudichak, and members of both Committees: I want to thank you for inviting us to comment on...

PEC Letters on House Bill 11 and Senate Bill 510

April 15, 2019

PEC submitted the following letters to the Pennsylvania House and Senate as they debate the future of nuclear generation in Pennsylvania. We believe the state needs to take a comprehensive approach to this issue by pursuing a market-based approach to...

Testimony: Bicameral Nuclear Energy Caucus Informational Hearing

June 19, 2018

Good morning, and thank you to Senators Aument and Yudichak, Representatives Corbin and Matzie, and the other members of the Nuclear Energy Caucus for allowing me the opportunity to offer comments this morning. My name is Davitt Woodwell and I...

PEC Letter on EV Infrastructure Legislation

April 10, 2018

PEC has sent the following letter to House members regarding House Bill 1446 (P.N. 3161), the Clean Transportation Infrastructure Networks Act.   April 6, 2018   To: Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Re: Support for House Bill 1446...

PEC Applauds Pittsburgh’s Climate Vision, Presses for Action

November 30, 2017

The following remarks were presented to Pittsburgh City Council at a public hearing held November 29, 2017. To read PEC’s full commentary on the City’s Climate Action Plan, click here. Good evening. My name is Lindsay Baxter and I am...

PEC Supports SB234

October 16, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter is support of SB234.

PEC Supports HB1782

October 11, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter in support of HB1782.

PEC Supports HB1722

October 11, 2017

PEC has submitted the following letter of support for HB1722.

Comments on City of Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan

October 6, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the City of Pittsburgh offering comment on the draft Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, v 3.0.   Ms. Sarah Yeager Resilience Analyst City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning 200 Ross Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219...

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...

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New Jersey to Price Carbon Emissions from Electricity Generation

June 26, 2019Planetizen

First-term Gov. Phil Murphy (D) “announced Monday that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has formally adopted two rules that will allow the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)”, reports HJ Mai for Utility Dive on June 18. The membership takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, when New...

Pennsylvania Legacies #100
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Pennsylvania Legacies #100

June 14, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

It’s not just Pennsylvania — trails and greenways are becoming must-have amenities for communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. But the trend isn’t universal, and the scarcity of trails in many areas is reflected in lower public health,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #98
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Pennsylvania Legacies #98

May 17, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

As Ben Franklin wrote, “when the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” But how do you calculate the value of water resources in dollars and cents? Researcher Spencer Phillips, Ph.D., unpacks the far-reaching economic impacts of water quality...

PEC in the News

Pennsylvania and the nation need nuclear power | Opinion

April 29, 2019Lehigh Valley Live

By Tom Ridge Pennsylvania and the nation need diverse energy resources to ensure our national security and global competitiveness’ and to maintain our leadership role around the world. As a former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. secretary of homeland security, I...