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Shapiro’s environmental agenda raises hopes — but also questions

BY: - January 24, 2023

Advocates want Shapiro to 'to lead where his predecessors have failed' on environmental issues.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. environmental groups see hope, progress on the horizon in Harrisburg

BY: - November 25, 2022

In addition to carbon capture, Szybist said pieces of environmental justice legislation, which have previously stalled in the General Assembly, could be reintroduced in a Democratic-controlled House with support from Democratic Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro.

Pa. appeals court hears oral arguments in fight over RGGI

BY: - November 16, 2022

Petitioners in the cases, which included lawmakers and representatives from energy and labor groups, made their arguments to five of the court’s seven judges, in the hope that the court will find the state’s entrance into RGGI “unconstitutional,” and that the Wolf administration’s Department of Environmental Protection is “unauthorized” to oversee such an effort. 

Pa. missing out on millions as RGGI battle trudges on

BY: - October 7, 2022

The commonwealth formally joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, in late April after considerable bipartisan pushback from opponents, who said Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to join the multi-state agreement was an example of executive overreach. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court is the nation’s new climate czar | Fletcher McClellan

BY: - July 15, 2022

While the court’s decision in West Virginia v EPA weakens governmental climate efforts, the case may affect any congressional delegation of power to any executive agency.

Pennsylvania officially enacts carbon pricing for power plants

BY: - April 22, 2022

Regulations forcing Pennsylvania power plant owners to pay for every ton of carbon they release into the atmosphere were finally published Friday. The rule’s publication comes two-and-a-half years after Gov. Tom Wolf set the regulatory gears in motion with an executive order. However, both supporters and opponents expect that further legal action could further delay […]

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Investing in the future is not radical environmentalism | Opinion

BY: - April 19, 2022

Pennsylvanians deserve an honest dialogue about what interests are really driving the climate debate in our state.

Josh Shapiro about to speak a press conference

Capital-Star Q+A: Josh Shapiro on the death penalty, climate and Harrisburg

BY: - April 8, 2022

The only Democratic gubernatorial candidate on the ballot in 2022 says he's here to take on 'big fights.'

Josh Shapiro about to speak a press conference

5 Pa. environmental advocacy groups endorse Shapiro for governor

BY: - April 7, 2022

The five groups - Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Air Action Fund, Clean Water Action, National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and PennEnvironment endorsed Shapiro in Philadelphia ON Thursday morning, calling Shapiro’s environmental positions a “stark contrast” to those of the Republican candidates for governor. 

Attempt to block Pa. from joining multi-state climate initiative fails in Senate

BY: - April 4, 2022

“The fight against the RGGI carbon tax will continue in court,” Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, said in a statement.

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Carbon credit opponents play cynical games with dangerous costs | Opinion

BY: - March 28, 2022

Pennsylvania’s participation in a regional greenhouse gas initiative could raise $250M in just one or two quarters alone.

Dispute over Schuylkill Co. wind farm exposes fissures in Pa.’s push to meet renewable energy goals

BY: - February 23, 2022

The project recently has come under fire from state military officials who say the project causes safety concerns for helicopter pilots and jeopardizes the future of aviation training programs at the Lebanon County installation that’s home to the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Air National Guard’s 193 Special Operations Wing.