sustainability-issues

Pa. Sen. Bob Casey scores 100 on enviro group’s report card; Toomey gets a 0

BY: - March 12, 2020

The grades, awarded by the League of Conservation Voters, track lawmakers' support across a broad range of subject areas, including energy, climate change, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation. The advocacy group has issued its annual report card since 1970.

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How Turzai’s going-away present to the gas industry will hurt Pa. for years to come | Opinion

BY: - February 27, 2020

The plan will cost Pa. untold billions in tax money. Tell your House and Senate lawmaker to uphold a gubernatorial veto. Send your note now.

Critics slam Trump attempt to overhaul bedrock environmental law

BY: - February 26, 2020

Last month, the White House unveiled a massive rewrite of the regulations sometimes referred to as the “Magna Carta” of federal environmental laws.

Wolf proposes staffing increases, fee hikes in DEP’s budget request

BY: - February 24, 2020

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee suggested that the fee hikes for for dumping in landfills and drilling for natural gas, are just a stealth tax hike. 

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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 […]

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#PABudget2020: Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race | Opinion

BY: - February 3, 2020

Given a lack of federal leadership to reduce greenhouse emissions, Pennsylvania has moved to join our neighboring states in taking real action on climate.

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Defined by its three rivers, Pittsburgh must continue to fight for clean water | Opinion

BY: - January 26, 2020

Half of America’s rivers and streams are still degraded and considered impaired. We must not let the Clean Water Act be gutted by wrong-headed rule making.

Va. Gov. Northam ‘discussing’ whether to take legal action against Pa., EPA over Bay cleanup

BY: - January 15, 2020

“It’s clear the Trump EPA must do more to ensure accountability across all watershed states,” said Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky in an email. “Our administration is discussing various next steps with Attorney General Mark Herring’s office, Governor Hogan, and other regional partners.”

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How Pittsburgh is turning a post-industrial wilderness into a park | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 7, 2020

Hays Woods was once used for mining and munitions. City officials will spend the next decade turning it into a 'living laboratory,' report.

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Why doesn’t the threat of global climate change get that Y2K apocalyptic urgency? | Opinion

BY: - January 5, 2020

Out of base selfishness and willful blindness, we are bequeathing a permanently compromised planet to all those generations who come after us.

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Get an electric car for Christmas? Here’s how many places Pa. has to charge it | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 3, 2020

Depending upon where you live, access to public charging stations can be adequate — or nearly nonexistent, according to a new report.

Virginia lawmaker’s bill would make the U.S. 100 percent clean energy-reliant by 2030

BY: and - November 22, 2019

The plan by U.S. Rep. Don McEachin , of Richmond, would require economy-wide, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.