Pittsburgh mayor announces climate change preparedness program

Pittsburgh mayor announces climate change preparedness program

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is on record with the opinion that from floods to fires, the city has often been unprepared when disaster has struck. To confront the impact of climate change head-on, the mayor on Monday announced Prepared Pittsburgh, a program that will help residents prepare for environmental and medical climate-related scenarios.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

Bill increasing trespass punishments on pipelines may threaten civil rights, according to opponents

A bill that expands criminal trespass into a felony when on pipelines, chemical plants, refineries and other similar industrial or transportation related infrastructure passed the Senate Tuesday.

Introduced by Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland), SB 652 adds four new crimes to state law, three of which are first degree felonies that can come with a minimum fine of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the charge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

At an open forum Wednesday night, around 50 Pittsburghers shared concerns and gave praise to the city's climate action plan to City Council. 

The draft report, originally released in September, is the city’s third iteration of a plan to address climate change and other environmental issues on a city-wide level. 

The plan includes calls to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, divest the pension fund from fossil fuel industries, and reduce transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Governor’s Fiscal Code veto draws mixed reaction

Governor’s Fiscal Code veto draws mixed reaction

Gov. Tom Wolf made his promised veto of House Bill 1327 a reality Friday, sending the disapproved Fiscal Code bill back to the House of Representatives.

The Fiscal Code bill serves as the spending and policy roadmap for the budget and is traditionally a piece of legislation needed to close the circle on any given fiscal year’s budget.

Monday, March 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pennsylvania has mixed reaction to stay of federal Clean Power Plan

Pennsylvania has mixed reaction to stay of federal Clean Power Plan

Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court took the rare step of putting a stay on the implementation of the federally mandated Clean Power Plan until it decides to take and/or decide the case when proceedings are finished before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the case of Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA.

The decision was 5-4 with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonya Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan voting to keep the plan’s implementation rolling while the case moves through the federal appeals process.

Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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