January 18, 2013 |
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.
September 30, 2008 |
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...
January 25, 2012 |
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.
June 21, 2010 |
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.
May 19, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Jobs producer too It's difficult to understand a commentary's point that job creation and clean energy don't mix ("Once again, siding with greens over job creation," May 13). Advanced energy - which includes technologies such as wind, solar, and nuclear power; natural-gas generation; energy efficiency; advanced transportation; and advanced grid solutions - is a $200-billion-a-year industry in the United States and growing. The sector employs nearly 2.7 million people, and job growth outpaced overall U.S. employment growth 4-to-1 last year.
April 27, 2016
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE We can pitch in with solar panels Over the last 400 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. In light of the harm that such emissions cause to the planet's ecosystems, the world's leaders have agreed to find a solution to this horrific problem ("Nations agree: Climate deal is just a start," Saturday). With the signing of the Paris Agreement, 175 leaders have agreed to monitor emissions of greenhouse gases in their countries and to aid developing countries in their fight against carbon emissions.
March 8, 2011 |
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.
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.
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.
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.