Take a Strong Stance on Methane from the Gas Industry

Natural gas, or methane, is a highly potent greenhouse gas. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that methane is 86 times more potent at warming our planet than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The gas industry leaks upwards of 17 percent of what it produces and is the largest human-made source of methane emissions globally. The truth is that every step of shale gas exploration, processing and transportation emits considerable air pollution, including greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds, and hazardous air pollutants that harms public health.

Tell PA to Reduce CO2 Pollution

 At long last, this June the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed historic carbon dioxide emissions limits on existing power plants. The EPA rule plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30% (32% in PA) by 2030, but this plan needs to be well implemented at the state level in order to work. This is the most effective effort to slow down climate change seen in America to date.

Keep America in the Wind Industry

Pennsylvania has squandered its jobs in the wind industry. There used to be 4,000 wind jobs in Pennsylvania, but now, with the closure of the two Gamesa turbine manufacturing plants in Cambria and Bucks Counties in March, there are almost none. One big reason for these closures is the expiration of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy, giving the wind farm 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour of wind energy generated. This small subsidy helps create good jobs in renewable energy.

Increase Renewable Energy Requirements

Pennsylvania's once innovative Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) is now way behind the times. Pennsylvania is the only state in the country to include fossil fuels in its AEPS. And finally, Pennsylvania lets energy providers purchase their solar power from out-of-state, which severely limits job growth in PA. Please ask your state representatives in Harrisburg to support raising Pennsylvania's renewable energy requirement to at least 15% by 2023.

Consumers Want the Latest Building Codes Enacted

Residential and Commercial buildings consumed over 40% of Pennsylvania’s energy in 2011. In 2011, Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania State Legislature made it harder to update building codes and chose to opt-out of automatic efficiency measure updates. Every three years, the International Code Council (ICC) publishes new standards aimed at making buildings more energy efficient. While the 2012 standards came and went, Pennsylvania is still relying on the 2009 recommendations.

Demand a Hearing on Proposed Westmoreland County Shale Gas Power Plant


Report Shale Gas Air Pollution NOW

Clean Air Council is announcing a new auto-alert system for notifying relevant agencies about odors, noises or visible emissions that residents suspect are coming from natural gas operations in their community. 

DEP Needs a New Public Input Process

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is currently revising a policy on how the public will be allowed to participate in the permitting of polluting facilities. Many of these policies and procedures, for instance, will directly impact how residents living near polluted facilities will be able to participate in decisions about shale gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania.  This is your chance to tell PA DEP what you think about their proposed policy changes and make your own suggestions. 

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Speak Out in Support of New EPA Standard to Reduce Fine Particulate Matter Pollution

On Tuesday, July 17th , 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold hearings in Philadelphia, PA and Sacramento, CA to hear public testimony on a proposed rule to limit fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) or Soot, which is dangerous microscopic pollution emitted by factories, power plants, diesel vehicles and other sources.