Support Carbon Dioxide Limits in Pittsburgh July 31/Aug 1

Support carbon dioxide limits

Climate change is real and the consequences are dangerous. Climate change produces dangerous levels of heat, accelerating the water cycle, causing both droughts and extreme storms. Along with putting public health and infrastructure at risk, climate change is threatening our food supply.

Tell PA to Reduce CO2 Pollution

 At long last, today 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% by 2030, but this plan needs to be well implemented at the state level in order to work. This is the most serious 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


Follow Through on Offshore Wind

Urge Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to follow through on promises to develop offshore wind energy.  Last March, Governor Corbett signed the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Memorandum of Understanding and joined the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition.  However, the Administration’s single-minded focus on promoting shale gas is leaving truly renewable energy options like wind behind.  Take action and tell DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo to act now t

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. 

Stop coal corrupted PA Reps from crippling the EPA

Please ask your U.S. House member to stop Representative Bill Shuster’s bill which seeks to prevent the U.S Environmental Protection Agency from developing rules that protect public health from excessive air pollution. The ill-named Domestic Energy Production Protection Act would require mandatory Congressional approval of all major EPA rules, bogging down the EPA’s ability to get its work done.

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.