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Climate Caucus urges DEP to strengthen methane regulations

(Mar 30, 2021)

Members of the PA Legislative Climate Caucus sent a letter urging the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to strengthen methane regulations in Pennsylvania. The attached letter, addressed to DEP Secretary McDonnell and cc’d to Governor Wolf and the members of the Environmental Hearing Board, calls for strengthening of DEP’s draft methane rule to include comprehensive controls that will mitigate methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Read more

Ciresi legislation seeks tax holiday for water, energy conservation

(Feb 10, 2021)

Specifically, H.B. 461 would promote the purchase and use of WaterSense and Energy Star products by annually excluding those products from sales and use taxes from April 22 (Earth Day) through April 29. Read more

Climate Caucus budget letter

(Jan 29, 2021)

Letter to Gov. Wolf from the legislative Climate Caucus detailing requests to consider for his upcoming budget address. Read more

RGGI Presents an Opportunity to Promote Anti-racist Environmental Policy

(Jan 15, 2021)

RGGI makes sense economically and environmentally. It will reduce air pollution, have a significant impact on climate change, and create jobs. We should all be supportive of that. Read more

Keep RGGI on Track

(Dec 23, 2020)

Climate change is the most serious long-term threat to this planet, and Pennsylvania is a significant greenhouse gas producer. The most important thing Pennsylvania can do right now to combat climate change is to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Read more

Breastfeeding isn’t just healthy for mother and child; it’s good for the environment

(Jul 28, 2020)

During my time as a state representative, I’ve been a strong advocate for the benefits of breastfeeding, and I continue my work to protect employees who are breastfeeding and to generally focus more attention on this subject. Read more

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COSMOS: Glacier melting underwater up to 100 times faster than thought

(Jul 29, 2019)

Underwater melting of tidewater glaciers is occurring much faster than previously thought, according to a US study in Alaska. Read more

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Congress urged to make ‘Apollo-type’ investment to combat climate disaster

(Jul 26, 2019)

WASHINGTON — Climate change could cost Americans billions of dollars, destroy coastal communities and put agriculture, healthcare and military facilities at risk unless the government acts swiftly, experts warned Congress Wednesday. Read more

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Cities, attorneys general call for new leader of PJM Interconnection to focus on clean energy

(Jul 26, 2019)

After Andy Ott, CEO of PJM Interconnection, stepped down last month, the power grid operator has received appeals from around the country to ensure its next leader prioritizes clean energy. Read more

Otten bill offsetting Turnpike expansion with more green space passes House

(Mar 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – The state House of Representatives last week passed Rep. Danielle Friel Otten’s bill to allow Marsh Creek State Park to release a parcel of land adjacent to the Turnpike in exchange for land that would expand the park’s trail network and protect local wetlands and wildlife habitat. The land along the turnpike, consisting primarily of rock and road berm, was originally purchased with public Project 70 funds, so it cannot be sold or transferred unless it’s replaced with land of an equal or greater value. H.B. 387 would release that strip of land from Project 70 restrictions but transfer Project 70 protections to the new larger wooded, wetland parcel to be acquired by the park. “Under this plan, we’re showing that development doesn’t have to cost the county’s beautiful and important natural spaces,” said Otten, D-Chester. “This is a win for conservation, Chester County residents, and all Pennsylvanians.” The new parcel is part of a larger, 57-acre land preservation project coordinated among the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Natural Lands Trust, and the Turnpike Commission. The parcel of land released under the bill would allow the Turnpike Commission to widen the road. The bill now awaits consideration in the state Senate. Read more