climate-change

Seeking to block a carbon tax, the House fell short of a veto-proof majority. How?

BY: - July 10, 2020

It’s a political trick as old as time in Harrisburg: Force Democrats into a tight spot by pitting environmentalists against labor.

COMMENTARY

We need to stop EPA’s ‘COVID made me do it’ defense for polluters | Opinion

BY: - June 24, 2020

The EPA, once an agency of conservation and public health protection, has been taken over by former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler.

Citing executive overreach, House committee advances bill blocking Pa. from joining RGGI

BY: - June 9, 2020

The House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee voted 16-8 to advance HB 2025 or the Pennsylvania Carbon Dioxide Cap-and-Trade Authorization Act, which would require legislative approval before joining a multi-state agreement. 

As Pa. emerges from shutdown, climate activists see parallels and opportunities

BY: - May 8, 2020

The Better Path Coalition, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council, are hoping that others will see the opportunity to address climate change head-on as the state gradually opens up.

Bracing for the impact of climate change, local governments look to state for help

BY: - May 1, 2020

Working with the state Department of Environmental Protection, local municipalities such as 13,500-person Indiana Borough , are putting plans in place to protect their communities from climate-related changes and disasters. 

The partisan divide over climate change is as deep as ever, poll finds | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 6, 2020

A February study by the Pew Research Center found that a growing number of Americans share concerns over climate change.  Over the last four years, the percentage of Americans who think climate change should be a top priority rose from 38 percent to 52 percent, the study found.  However, it also concluded that a large […]

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What our ‘Year Without a Winter’ tells us about the real threat of climate change | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - March 26, 2020

According to AccuWeather readings at the Pittsburgh airport, the temperature from January 1 to March 19 averaged 5 degrees above normal.

COMMENTARY

COVID-19 outbreak and climate change: Coping with an existential crisis and its deniers | Opinion

BY: - March 22, 2020

A common element in these two crises is the polarization of public opinion. Confirmation bias plays a big role in this problem.

The world is getting warmer. What can Pennsylvania do about it?

BY: and - March 3, 2020

Warming temperatures are wreaking havoc on civilizations across the globe. And it will get worse as human-caused climate change intensifies floods, acidifies oceans, and renders coastal areas uninhabitable due to rising sea levels. Pennsylvania will feel these effects, but it will also be part of any solution, thanks to its status as a fossil fuel […]

Where we are, where we’ve been: A look at Pennsylvania’s oil-rich history

BY: - March 2, 2020

Even today, few industries — aside from coal and steel — have had the same impact on the state as oil and gas drilling. The state was at one time the country’s leading producer in the oil and gas industry since the 1850s, creating thousands of jobs across the commonwealth and driving its economy for much of the 20th century. 

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Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year. Here’s a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll | Opinion

BY: - February 24, 2020

By Jason West and Yang Ou About 1 of every 25 deaths in the U.S. occurs prematurely because of exposure to air pollution. Dirty air kills roughly 110,000 Americans yearly, which is more than all transportation accidents and shootings combined. When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency weighs decisions about air pollution regulations, it typically selects […]

In one-sided hearing, coal workers lay out dire stakes for cap-and-trade

BY: - February 5, 2020

Opponents described the plan as a “nuclear tipped cruise missile” aimed at the coal power industry. Republicans have discussed going to court to stop it.