Energy & Environment

State lawmakers question Wolf admin’s plan to fund environmental agencies

BY: - February 14, 2019

Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee made the heads of Pennsylvania’s chief environmental agencies defend a controversial funding shift Thursday. In his 2019-20 budget, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed reducing general fund spending on the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by $62 million. The shortfall would be covered […]

Should lawmakers prop up Pennsylvania’s struggling nuclear industry? The debate, explained

BY: - February 14, 2019

When you turned on the lights in your house this morning, there’s a good chance the electricity came from a nuclear power plant. Nuclear energy has been Pennsylvania’s largest energy source for decades. But the industry says it’s struggling to maintain its foothold as energy demand flatlines and natural gas prices plummet. The issue Two […]

Bucks County GOP U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick joins with Dems to snub Trump on climate change

BY: - February 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was the lone Republican in a group of 59 House lawmakers supporting a symbolic rebuke of President Trump’s international climate change policies. Fitzpatrick, a moderate Republican whose Bucks County-based 1st District is a key electoral battleground in 2020,  joined dozens of Democrats to introduce a resolution opposing Trump’s […]

Pa. government presses pause on permits for Mariner East 2 pipeline parent company

BY: - February 8, 2019

Pennsylvania’s state environmental protection agency is temporarily blocking permits from Energy Transfer Partners in response to numerous complaints about the company’s Mariner East 2 pipeline and an September explosion in Beaver County. “There has been a failure by Energy Transfer and its subsidiaries to respect our laws and our communities,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in […]

‘Not a climate bill’: Environmental group pans proposed nuclear deal

BY: - February 7, 2019

Environmental groups are emerging as early critics of a proposed bailout of Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry, a policy that state lawmakers are expected to debate early this year. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a New York-based environmental advocacy group, sent a letter to Pennsylvania lawmakers last week asking them to reject any policy fix for […]

Environmental advocates worry over creative math in Wolf’s budget

BY: - February 7, 2019

A look at Wolf's budget proposal shows nearly $63 million in cuts to the two departments responsible for environmental tasks.

With plant shutdowns looming, Pa.’s nuclear industry braces for a policy showdown

BY: - February 6, 2019

Pennsylvania gets almost half of its energy from nuclear power, but that could soon change if lawmakers don’t amend the state’s alternative energy policies. Two of Pennsylvania’s five nuclear power plants are headed toward shutdown in the next two years due to stiff competition from the state’s natural gas providers. Pennsylvania’s nuclear industry create more […]

‘Pennsylvania must do better:’ Advocacy community splits on Wolf’s budget plan

BY: - February 5, 2019

Where you stand on the administration's proposal for the fiscal year that starts on July 1 largely depends on where you sit.

COMMENTARY

Climate action has to be the major benchmark for environmental progress in Pa. | Opinion

BY: - February 5, 2019

Pennsylvania can protect the environment and use market-based strategies to do it. This is how.