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
Legislator hopes horse-trading can bring climate change issues to the fore

Legislator hopes horse-trading can bring climate change issues to the fore

While acknowledging the current political climate makes putting issues like climate change front-and-center more difficult, Rep. Greg Vitali (D-Delaware), minority chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, announced Thursday he is introducing three pieces of legislation to reduce carbon emissions in Pennsylvania.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough issue given the composition of the legislature,” Rep. Vitali said Thursday. “The legislature is very conservative.”

Thursday, February 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Reinstatement of state park fracking moratorium draws mixed reviews

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an Executive Order Thursday morning in Philadelphia reinstating a Rendell-era moratorium in natural gas leases in state parks, an order that was ended under Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.

“Natural gas development is vital to Pennsylvania’s economy, but so is the economic and environmental viability of our parks and forests,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement. “This is about striking the right balance. Our state parks and forests are unique assets that should be preserved, protected, and utilized by our residents for recreational purposes.”

Thursday, January 29, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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