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January 18, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a report that asserts America's competitive position in clean energy is lagging, the Pew Charitable Trusts on Thursday advocated the adoption of a national clean-energy standard that sets milestones for deployment of renewable power. The Pew Clean Energy Program said the green-power industry would benefit from the adoption of a national standard similar to those adopted by 29 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Renewable-energy portfolio standards require utilities to assure that a fixed percentage of electricity is generated from clean-energy sources.
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September 30, 2008 | By Kathleen A. McGinty, Former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The presidential candidates' energy proposals couldn't be more different, and Pennsylvanians should be especially concerned about how this particular debate turns out. Democrat Barack Obama has a plan to invest in clean, homegrown, renewable power that would create 5 million "green-collar" jobs, improve national security, and decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Republican John McCain wants to follow the current administration's lead, embracing...
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January 25, 2012 | By Charles Babington, Associated Press
  WASHINGTON - President Obama, having watched his Republican adversaries pound him for weeks, got his turn Tuesday, using his State of the Union speech to land the first major counterpunch of the still-forming 2012 election. It came before a prime-time audience of millions that the GOP candidates can only envy, even if their fiery debates are turning heads. Obama didn't mention Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich in his third State of the Union address. But the GOP contenders were never far from mind.
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June 21, 2010 | By Charles Krauthammer
Barack Obama doesn't do the mundane. He was sent to us to do larger things. You could see that plainly in his Oval Office address on the gulf oil spill. He could barely get himself through the pedestrian first half: a bit of BP-bashing, a bit of faux-Clintonian "I feel your pain," a bit of recovery and economic mitigation accounting. It wasn't until the end of the speech - the let-no-crisis-go-to-waste part that tried to leverage the Gulf Coast devastation to advance his cap-and-trade climate-change agenda - that Obama warmed to his task.
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March 8, 2011 | By Matthew Daly, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - The CEO of the nation's biggest nuclear power producer says Congress should get out of the way as the nation moves toward natural gas and other forms of clean energy. John Rowe, CEO of Chicago-based Exelon, which is the parent of Philadelphia's Peco Energy Co., said that in trying to boost "clean" energy - wind, solar, nuclear and natural gas - Congress and states have enacted or proposed bills that would burden consumers, cripple markets and increase federal debt but do little to clean up the air. In a speech to the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, Rowe said his message to lawmakers is simple: "I'm asking that Congress do nothing.
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October 14, 2011
A low-wattage LED-light conversion project at Ursinus College in Collegeville is among 13 clean energy projects that received $3.7 million in grants Friday from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Ursinus will receive $120,645 to add to its $41,514 investment to retrofit 214 parking lot and walkway lights with LED lights, reducing annual electricity costs by about $20,000. The Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority also received a $500,000 grant to go toward a $31 million biogas project at Allentown's wastewater treatment plant.
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February 24, 2005
STATING at the annual World Economic Forum, "If America wants the rest of the world to be part of the agenda it has set, it must be part of their agenda, too," British Prime Minister Tony Blair challenged President Bush to show a commitment to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions globally if he wants to stay in Britain's good graces. Blair has a point. Here in Pennsylvania, we are the third-largest producer of energy nationwide, and the largest energy exporter in the nation. The emissions generated from these energy plants is the No. 1 pollutant in the state and have lowered our air quality, contaminated the majority of the water sources in the state and resulted in more than 35,000 environmentally triggered asthma attacks a year.
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January 4, 2016
ISSUE | ENERGY N.J.'s green goals The New Jersey Senate passed a bill last month that establishes renewable-energy portfolio standards and requires a percentage of our electricity to come from Class I renewable energy. This percentage would increase every five years to 2050, with a goal of reaching 80 percent renewable. The bill, which was referred to the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, needs to be posted by Jan. 11 to pass the Assembly. Solar, wind, and geothermal power, microgrids, and wave technologies can be used to reach these goals.
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November 15, 1986 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Smarter than Albert Einstein, hunkier than Don Johnson and even nicer to his horse than Roy Rogers, physicist David Lovell is a unusual movie hero for the '80s: an ecologist hellbent on developing safe energy. His colleagues might think he's crazy, but Dr. Dave (Stephen Collins) is certain that sound waves can be harnessed and used as an energy source. The audience might think it's crazy, but Choke Canyon is an amiable adventure picture, essentially an extended Magnum P.I. episode with good cinematography and better politics.
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July 19, 2010
ICAN'T BELIEVE how much those solar trash cans cost. What a waste of money. Me personally, I don't use them and know others who don't. For all that money, they should have made them open up automatically. I can't stand touching that handle that the whole world has touched - it's so dirty! I walked three blocks one day with my trash in hand because I didn't want to touch the dirty handles. To me those cans are useless. It was money wasted. Cynthia Perkins, Philadelphia
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April 6, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Wolf's veto works Gov. Wolf was right to veto House Bill 1327 and preserve Pennsylvania's progress toward compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan in the face of roadblocks put up by the state legislature for short-term political gain ("Wolf vetoes Pennsylvania's fiscal code," March 29). The bill would have empowered the House and Senate to block the state's compliance plan. Interfering with the development and submission of a plan could force the state to accept a federal plan.
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March 15, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Gas from fracking is not the answer Finally, the subject of fracking for natural gas made it into a presidential debate. During the Democratic debate on March 6, Hillary Clinton emphasized her stance on fracking as viable, on the conditions that methane pollution is addressed and our water is kept free from contamination ("Sanders, Clinton crank up the heat," Monday). What Clinton failed to address was the specter of saddling my generation and generations to come with a future tied to fossil fuels.
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January 4, 2016
ISSUE | ENERGY N.J.'s green goals The New Jersey Senate passed a bill last month that establishes renewable-energy portfolio standards and requires a percentage of our electricity to come from Class I renewable energy. This percentage would increase every five years to 2050, with a goal of reaching 80 percent renewable. The bill, which was referred to the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, needs to be posted by Jan. 11 to pass the Assembly. Solar, wind, and geothermal power, microgrids, and wave technologies can be used to reach these goals.
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September 4, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The Christie administration on Wednesday officially moved to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of new clean-energy rules, blasting them as "unprecedented regulatory overreach. " Gov. Christie, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, announced his opposition to the rules immediately after President Obama unveiled them last month as part of an ambitious effort to combat climate change. On Wednesday, Christie's top environmental regulator, Bob Martin, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting a stay of implementation and a proceeding for reconsideration of the rules.
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April 11, 2015
ISSUE | PRESERVATION Historic space, valued workplace The Stagehands Union Local 8 is also concerned about our city's dwindling number of historically significant buildings ("It's not too late to reverse trend of razing parts of city's history," April 5). The recent razing of the beautiful Boyd Theater, the legendary 1928 art deco movie palace, hit our membership particularly hard. The Boyd was the type of elegant, acoustically superior performance space we stagehands visualize in our dreams.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., operator of a nationwide network of natural-gas vehicle fueling stations, is taking over and spiffing up Peco Energy Co.'s six suburban fueling stations, the company said Wednesday. Peter Grace, senior vice president of sales and finance, said Clean Energy plans to spend $5 million to $10 million upgrading the 20-year-old stations and opening them to the public. "They're old — they are tired," said Grace. "The plan is to get them up to today's standards.
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April 25, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey is lagging in its efforts to promote clean energy and energy efficiency programs because of repeated raids on funding for the projects, according to environmentalists and industry advocates. Those concerns were underscored again Tuesday when the state Board of Public Utilities disclosed that it learned late last week that the Christie administration was planning to divert an additional $10 million in clean-energy funds to plug a gap in next year's state budget. That brings to more than $160 million the amount that may be appropriated from the program in the next fiscal year alone.
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January 18, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a report that asserts America's competitive position in clean energy is lagging, the Pew Charitable Trusts on Thursday advocated the adoption of a national clean-energy standard that sets milestones for deployment of renewable power. The Pew Clean Energy Program said the green-power industry would benefit from the adoption of a national standard similar to those adopted by 29 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Renewable-energy portfolio standards require utilities to assure that a fixed percentage of electricity is generated from clean-energy sources.
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January 18, 2013
In the Region       Pew calls for clean-energy standard   In a report that asserts America's competitive position in clean energy is lagging, the Pew Charitable Trusts advocated the adoption of a national clean-energy standard that sets milestones for deployment of renewable power. The Pew Clean Energy Program said the green-power industry would benefit from the adoption of a national standard similar to those adopted by 29 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
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