Global Warming Solutions

The last generation

Years ago, many of us thought of global warming as something that would happen “someday.” As it turns out, “someday” is now.

We've all experienced extreme weather in Pennsylvania from hotter days during the summer that will lead to more asthma attacks and heat-related deaths, to torrential downpours and extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy that cause damage to property and loss of life.

Promoting solutions at our fingertips

Of course, no one wants to leave the next generation with a world where heat waves, floods, droughts and worse are the “new normal”.

The good news is that we have the tools available today to stop putting carbon into our air, and to repower our society with clean, renewable energy such as solar, wind and energy efficiency.

What’s more, these  solutions don’t  only reduce carbon pollution, they also clean up our air, reduce asthma attacks, and promote energy independence.

But it won’t be easy: we’re up against powerful special interests and polluters like the coal industry and dirty energy companies and their political allies in Congress and the state legislature. These polluters are spending untold millions to keep the status quo, and reap a short-term profit while leaving the rest of us to grapple with the negative effects of their pollution and climate change.

The Clean Energy Blueprint

PennEnvironment is working at the state and federal level to implement the policies that are needed to end our reliance on the dirty fossil fuels that are the cause of our global warming pollution, and promote a new energy future that is based on 100% truly clean energy sources and energy conservation and efficiency. This includes expanding Pennsylvania’s solar industry, and increasing wind power across the Commonwealth.  And it includes bringing our transportation systems into the 21st Century with vibrant public transit systems and electric vehicles that don’t run on gas.

We’re working with the public health community, clean energy business leaders, religious leaders and others to promote this vision to tackle climate change and make Pennsylvania a national leader in the clean energy economy. This is good for our environment, good for our health, good for consumers and good for creating jobs.
At the same time, we’re working to uncover the worst global warming polluters in Pennsylvania like coal and fracking companies, and stand against their ongoing lobbying and PR campaign to keep the status quo.

 

 

Global Warming Updates

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Statement: Trump administration rollback of California clean cars standards also hurts Pennsylvania

[Philadelphia, PA] -- The Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a plan today to strip away California’s authority to implement stronger car pollution safeguards than the federal government. This proposal comes at a time when two in three Americans say the United States needs to do more on climate change and several leading automakers already have agreed to follow California’s tougher emissions standards. Moreover, Pennsylvania is one of 13 states who have opted-in to these stricter standards.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

PA given “F” Grade for spending Volkswagen settlement money

[Harrisburg, PA] -- With “National Drive Electric Week” kicking off across the country, two non-profit organizations released new information grading Pennsylvania officials for the state’s track record allocating its portion of the Volkswagen settlement funds.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Volkswagen Settlement State Scorecard

It has been about three years since Volkswagen settled with federal authorities for cheating emissions laws in hundreds of thousands of vehicles advertised as “clean diesel.”[1] The settlement included billions of dollars to buy back the offending vehicles from consumers, as well as nearly $3 billion for the Environmental Mitigation Trust, to be distributed to every state and territory where offending vehicles were sold.[2] The Environmental Mitigation Trust funds are designed to be used for transportation projects that reduce pollution in an effort to mitigate the harm done by Volkswagen t

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New study shows PA missing valuable opportunities to tap into clean energy

[Philadelphia, PA] -- According to a new study released today by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center,  Pennsylvania has seen major increases in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and wind since 2009, but the report shows that the Commonwealth isn't keeping up with many of the states that are more aggressively tapping into clean energy opportunities.

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

America’s top scientists say climate change’s impact is getting worse

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The just-released 2018 update to the National Climate Assessment, “NCA4 Vol. II,” offers more proof that we as a nation and a Commonwealth need to develop strategies right away to mitigate the effects of climate change, or face increasingly dire consequences.

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