Protect Coal Workers

 Coal workers need your support. The Healthy Employee Loss Prevention Act (HELP Act) will create a program to help former coal workers find new jobs as the U.S.

Demand EPA Monitor Filthy Refineries

Present federal standards on environmental health risk from petroleum refineries are not adequate to protect public health. Furthermore, disproportionately, low-income and minority populations live in close proximity to oil refineries and, as a result, are exposed to a toxic combination of tons of hazardous pollutants.

Tell the Public Utility Commission: No Sunoco Pipeline!

On October 2nd, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) will convene in Harrisburg to discuss Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East pipeline. 
If granted a designation as a Public Utility Corporation, Sunoco would be exempt from complying with all local zoning laws and ordinances that would otherwise prevent them from constructing a pipeline and flaring stacks in residential areas. 
The ethane in Mariner East pipeline would not be distributed to the public.

Request A Time Extension for Public Review of proposed East Side Expansion Pipeline

The 30-day public review period of the environmental assessment (EA) for the East Side Expansion pipeline project is not a sufficient amount of time! There are still numerous outstanding permits from state agencies that have not yet been issued as well as supplemental information from Columbia Gas regarding the presence of toxic PCBs and Asbestos at the Milford and Easton compressor stations that the public has not yet had a chance to review.

Take a Strong Stance on Methane Leaks 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 harm 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