Energy & Environment

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Environmental advocates worry over creative math in Wolf’s budget

Nonsense.That's how Gov. Tom Wolf, just two years ago, described a House Republican plan to to raid 47 budget accounts across Pennsylvania state government close a $1 billion hole in the state budget.Now, as he rolls...

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

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...

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

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