Right 2 Know Episode 7: Math is Hard

Right 2 Know Episode 7: Math is Hard

In this week's episode, Justin breaks down his reporting on lobbying over the controversial nuclear bailout bill. Also, the pair discuss what a vote on the Down syndrome abortion legislation might mean for Democratic caucus. And we save some time for ... arson dogs? Like what you hear? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.


Thursday, May 16, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
Energy lobbying costs skyrocketed with introduction of nuclear power legislation

Energy lobbying costs skyrocketed with introduction of nuclear power legislation

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County is headed for premature retirement, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying from energy companies hoping to effect a legislative rescue.

As lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly grappled with bills that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio to subsidize nuclear plants, nuclear energy companies greatly intensified their lobbying efforts in what was a likely attempt to get the legislation across the finish line. 
Tuesday, May 14, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island

Despite a last-minute effort from lawmakers to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Generation has announced that the last remaining nuclear reactor at Dauphin County’s Three Mile Island power plant will shut down at the end of September.

The future of Three Mile Island has been at the center of a debate in the General Assembly on two bills that would have subsidized nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania by adding them to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wonderling pitches ‘Grow Pennsylvania’ agenda at press club luncheon

Wonderling pitches ‘Grow Pennsylvania’ agenda at press club luncheon

Rob Wonderling, a former state senator and current president of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, stressed the importance of growing Pennsylvania’s population, an in turn, its economy, during Monday’s monthly Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

 

Wonderling used the forum to pitch the chamber’s “Grow Pennsylvania” agenda, which focuses on growing the state’s population while also making it an attractive place for business, entrepreneurship, and job candidates.

Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure

Proponents of a bill that would add nuclear power to the state’s alternative energy portfolio and provide a ratepayer-funded subsidy to nuclear power companies argue that it could save the struggling Three Mile Island power plant in Dauphin County. However, during the second House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing for House Bill 11 on Monday, some lawmakers questioned how significant the bill’s effect would be, and whether it would actually save the plant at all.   
 
The Three Mile Island generating station is scheduled to be decommissioned this fall, barring aid from state government officials. Supporters of House Bill 11 argue that the legislation is necessary not only to keeping energy costs affordable and stable, but to also save the plant from premature retirement. 
Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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