Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor on Tuesday said that an ethane cracker plant in southwestern Pennsylvania could play a role in transitioning the state toward an energy efficient future.

 

Speaking to KDKA Radio, Gov. Tom Wolf said that the Shell petrochemical complex in Beaver County will prove critical to producing materials needed to push Pennsylvania toward sustainable energy, including components for solar panels and electric vehicles. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House lawmakers have pushed this week a series of proposals they say are designed to boost the fortunes of the state’s volunteer firefighter and EMS companies amid declining enlistment and financial hardship.

The package of bills came out of the SR 6 commission, which traveled the state to evaluate threats to first responders and firefighters. Their end product totals 23 bills, including loan forgiveness for those who sign up as volunteer firefighters, making it easier for companies to secure loans and helping first responders suffering from trauma to get care.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

As international climate rallies take place across the globe, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing to learn more about the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat climate change. 

The hearing offered a glimpse into the future of climate-related policy in the General Assembly, which would have to appease both Democrats and Republicans before making it to the Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. 
Friday, September 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

A wide-ranging Fiscal Code bill was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Thursday, bringing the 2019-2020 budget one step closer to enactment.

The legislation, which helps outline specifics of the annual spending plan, passed the House and the Senate on Thursday, setting in place procedures that could affect environmental policy, energy costs, and the state’s preparedness for emergencies.
Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee hears contrarian climate change viewpoint

House committee hears contrarian climate change viewpoint

Wednesday’s House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee meeting was marked by a unique guest — geologist and climate skeptic Gregory Wrightstone, who urged House lawmakers to look past a 97-percent scientific consensus and come to their own science-based conclusions on the climate change debate.
 
Wrightstone was invited by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), chairman of the committee, to offer a contrarian viewpoint to the greater climate change discussion. An author and a former consultant for the natural gas industry, Wrightstone said the 97-percent consensus reached by actively publishing climate scientists has been “completely discredited” and made up of “lies and inaccuracies.”
Wednesday, March 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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