Our state parks and forests are some of the most extensive in the country, a symbol of our commitment to preserve Pennsylvania’s natural heritage for generations to come. Sadly, our state parks face major threats from all sides: threats of privatization, severe funding cuts and budget shortfalls, a backlog of maintenance and repair projects, and the threat of Marcellus Shale gas drilling, mining and logging—and the pollution that will accompany it. It appears that Governor Corbett's office has been tone deaf when it comes to Pennsylvanians’ love for our state parks.
On behalf of PennEnvironment's citizen members, I am writing to urge you to support efforts to set aside $1 million from the existing Pennsylvania Sunshine Program to fund solar hot water projects in the Commonwealth. The state’s solar trade organization, the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association (PASEIA), has already called for this proposal, so it is unlikely to be met with much—if any—opposition.