Energy & Environment

Why some environmental groups oppose a bill to help out low-carbon nuclear plants

BY: - April 5, 2019

After Sen. Ryan Aument revealed his version of a plan to prop up the state’s nuclear power plants on Wednesday, it didn’t take long for the criticism to start rolling in. “We don’t need to see the forthcoming bill to know that any proposed legislation would rob ratepayers, including Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens, to support […]

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Pa.’s nuke industry doesn’t want a bailout. It wants a handout | Opinion

BY: - April 5, 2019

By Michael Peters Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth are starting to receive direct mail and see headlines about the nuclear industry and its stated need for a bailout to keep its plants open. Bills in the state House and Senate would do just that. Let’s be clear: If state lawmakers go along with this, it won’t […]

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Yes, what we don’t know about science can hurt us | John L. Micek

BY: - April 4, 2019

It’s often said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. The consequences of failing to pay heed to science are even greater.

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Here’s what Pa. and Washington are doing to fight PFAS contamination in drinking water | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 3, 2019

Water, water everywhere - and a lot of it contaminated.

Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean, others ask for $10M study on PFAS contamination

BY: - April 2, 2019

With residents in her Pennsylvania district dealing with contaminated water, a suburban Philadelphia lawmaker has asked the federal Defense department to help clean up its own mess.

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This is how state power regulators are making utilities account for the costs of climate change | Opinion

BY: - April 2, 2019

States are folding the social and economic costs of burning fossil fuels into their electricity policies, giving utilities a financial incentive to reduce greenhouse emissions.

‘They are big, very deep, record deepness:’ Trump will fund Great Lakes cleanup after all

BY: - March 29, 2019

Just weeks after his administration proposed slashing federal cleanup money for the Great Lakes from $300 million to $30 million, President Donald Trump says the program will be fully funded after all. During a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Trump told a crowd, “We have some breaking news!” The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported. “You […]

Senators decry Trump White House’s ‘lack of urgency’ on PFAS contamination

BY: - March 29, 2019

Senators from Pennsylvania's neighboring states expressed their concerns during a hearing Thursday.

Poll: Pennsylvania voters strongly support nuclear energy as Legislature debates bailout

BY: - March 28, 2019

Lawmakers may be skeptical about a plan to keep the state’s nuclear power plants afloat, but a new poll has found it has broad public support despite its anticipated cost to consumers.

Self-described climate contrarian tells Pa. House committee global warming alarm is overblown

BY: - March 27, 2019

Gregory Wrightstone’s testimony on what he called climate myths Wednesday ended up drawing a chuckle from a vampire, fairy, and other mythical creatures who gathered to protest a self-described climate contrarian’s take on the global warming. Wrightstone, a geologist and self-published author with ties to the natural gas industry, was invited to speak to the […]

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Three Mile Island at 40: ‘We were told a nuclear accident was as likely as a meteor falling from the sky’

BY: - March 25, 2019

With the 40th anniversary this week of America's worst nuclear accident, survivors and experts discuss its legacy - and the ongoing public policy challenges it poses.