In the summer of 1993, residents of the American Midwest experienced the most costly flood in the history of the United States.1 By the end of that summer, the Mississippi River in St. Louis was 20 feet above flood stage, and levee breaks in Illinois led to the inundation of thousands of acres of land. The flood claimed 48 lives and caused nearly $20 billion in damage.
Pennsylvania is blessed with incredible public lands, from the famed hiking paths and scenic vistas of Loyalsock and Cook State Forests, to the pristine woods and walking trails of the Delaware Water Gap. Unfortunately, many of these places are under threat from fracking.
Wind power is on track to cut as much carbon pollution in Pennsylvania as 4 coal-fired power plants, or 3,689,000 cars produce in a year by 2030, according to a new analysis by the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. If wind continues to grow at its current rate nationally, it will be able to supply 30% of our nation’s electricity needs by 2030.
Solar power is growing so fast in Pennsylvania that goals once considered ambitious are now seen as readily achievable, according to a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.
“We can get to 15% solar in Pennsylvania if we just keep our foot on the accelerator,” said Elowyn Corby, PennEnvironment’s Clean Energy Associate. “That’s a small fraction of what’s possible, but it will make a big difference in the quality of our lives and the future of our planet.”
As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows America’s power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the air any other country’s entire economy except China. PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center pointed to the report as evidence for why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants is a critical step in the international fight against global warming.