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Comitta and McCarter introduce legislation to reduce carbon pollution from PA electric power sector at least 90% by 2040

(Sep 03, 2020)

“Because the federal government has abdicated its responsibility on climate change, it's up to the rest of us to take the lead in enacting equitable policies to mitigate the growing impacts of climate change,” McCarter said. 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

A chance to reset – and to leap forward for the environment

(Apr 16, 2020)

Recent improvements in air quality have come at a high cost, as communities grapple with widespread lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders as a result of the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has been devastating physically, emotionally and economically, and will likely continue to be for some time. But these changes show us that we can make a difference. Read more

McCarter champions science in Glenside

(Feb 28, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter speaks about the importance of science at an e (as in environmental)-meet and greet hosted by Conservation Voters of PA and other local green groups in Glenside, Pa. Read more

Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – A bipartisan group of state legislators joined environmental organizations today to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to advance a crucial state Department of Environmental Protection rule to cut methane pollution from the natural gas industry. The legislators urged the governor to act on his 2016 plan now, in the face of proposed rollbacks of federal methane standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Controls that Wolf’s administration already emplaced cover new oil and gas drilling technology. The lawmakers said they also want Wolf to enact standards that cover methane emissions on existing sources of infrastructure used for natural gas development. “The climate crisis is urgent, and targeting infrastructure that has been polluting Pennsylvania for nearly a decade is necessary to protect clean air – especially as the Trump administration moves in the opposite direction,” said Rep. Steve McCarter, D- Montgomery . Recent analysis by Environmental Defense Fund found that methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, the second largest in the nation, are five times higher than what is reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection – a staggering 520,000 tons of methane every year. “Gov. Wolf stood with us in July as we announced the state’s entry into the U.S. Climate Alliance and pointed to methane reduction as one of the solutions. Pennsylvania needed 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

McCarter joins with Gov. Wolf, bipartisan and bicameral legislators and climate experts to announce Climate Action Plan, Pa.’s entry into U.S. Climate Alliance

(Apr 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 29 — State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, joined with Gov. Tom Wolf, state Sens. Steve Santarsiero, Art Haywood, Jay Costa, House Democratic Leader Rep. Frank Dermody, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, fellow members of the Climate Caucus and others to announce Pennsylvania’s climate action plan and its membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance . “Thanks to all of you for helping to support this next step in Pennsylvania’s plan to deal with the problem of climate change,” said McCarter, founder and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus . “Hardly a week or even a day goes by that we’re not reminded of the changes happening across our planet, our nation and this commonwealth. Emerging heat waves, rampant wildfires, drought and devastating floods have all become the new normal. “The scientific community has been very clear: What we are witnessing now is only the beginning of what has surely become humanity’s greatest concern. By joining forces here today, this group of legislators and climate experts plan to honor our commitments to act, find climate solutions, and protect our workers and communities from the ravages of social and economic change caused by climate change.” With dozens of legislative supporters standing with McCarter, Wolf, Santarsiero, Dermody and others Monday at the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg, the group announced Read more

Comitta, McCarter seek to modernize Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards

(Apr 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 17 — At a Capitol news conference, state Reps. Carolyn T. Comitta, D-Chester, and Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, joined state Sens. Art Haywood, Thomas H. Killion and Steven J. Santarsiero to call attention to climate change, its grave impacts and the urgent need to modernize the commonwealth’s renewable energy standards. Comitta and McCarter are both members of the bicameral, bipartisan Pennsylvania Climate Caucus. Comitta is vice chair; McCarter is its founder and chair. Their bill and a Senate companion bill introduced by Haywood, Killion and Santarsiero both seek to implement stronger renewable energy goals within the commonwealth to create good jobs, cut pollution and ensure a sustainable and prosperous Pennsylvania for future generations. “I am proud to join the calls for modernizing the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards,” Comitta said. “Our state has already made important investments in alternative and clean-energy technologies, but we must do more. Adjusting our electrical energy requirements to 30 percent by 2030 will solidify our path to reducing our carbon footprint and advance Pennsylvania toward becoming a national energy leader.” The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act was a forward-looking policy when it was enacted in 2004. But in the intervening years, Pennsylvania has fallen behind neighboring states like New Jersey and Maryland, which have enacted stronger energy standards, creating Read more