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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Statement: Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support joining RGGI

HARRISBURG, Penn.-- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) completed its 60-day public comment period Thursday to weigh the commonwealth’s public support for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Established in 2008, RGGI is a bipartisan multi-state program that addresses climate pollution by setting a cap, which is annually lowered, on carbon emissions from power plants.

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PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center releases new survey results of PA local officials' plastic pollution concerns

PHILADELPHIA -- PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center was joined by local elected officials, including the mayors of Doylestown and West Chester, Wednesday to release a new report, Local Solutions to Local Pollution. The study, which surveyed Pennsylvania local officials about single-use plastic pollution concerns, offers policy solutions for tackling the problem.

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PennEnvironment Response to DRBC approval of new LNG plant

Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) gave final approval to a new liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Gibbstown, New Jersey, with a 4-0 vote. Despite widespread opposition in the region and across Pennsylvania, governors from DE, NJ, PA, and a representative of the U.S. government, Army Corp. of Engineers Lt. Colonel Park, all voted in favor, with the U.S. motioning to adopt the approving resolution and Pennsylvania seconding the motion to bring it to a vote. NY abstained from the vote, citing concerns about water contamination, safety, and the looming climate crisis.

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New study shows successful policies for reducing single-use plastic waste by holding producers responsible

[Philadelphia] -- The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center released a new report today highlighting the promising new policy trend known as producer responsibility, which works to keep product-makers--not individuals and taxpayers--responsible for the waste their products create. 

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New report shows Pennsylvania lags behind in renewable energy development, despite nationwide growth

[Philadelphia] - Pennsylvania ranks 35th in the nation for percentage of solar and wind in the state’s electricity mix and 22nd for growth in solar energy production since 2010, according to a new report released today by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. The study, Renewables on the Rise 2020, documents and compares the growth of five key clean energy technologies in each state over the past decade: solar power, wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. While Pennsylvania has seen solar power grow 7-fold and wind power double since 2010, that pales in comparison to the 30-fold growth in solar and tripling in wind power seen nationwide. 

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