April 23, 2016
The fossil-fuel lobby's desperate defense of the largest source of anthropogenic carbon pollution, coal-fired electricity plants, could choke Pennsylvania's efforts to tailor federal pollution control efforts to the state's needs and take advantage of more promising energy resources. Instead of helping people who depend on coal for power and a living make the transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources and jobs, industry leaders are trying to stall President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
April 22, 2016
By John Hanger Bernie Sanders is airing a new television advertisement titled "Ban Fracking Everywhere," a siren song for the 51 percent of Americans who don't support shale-gas production. But Sanders' fracking ban would paradoxically increase pollution and cause devastating utility bill increases for 400,000 Philadelphians with incomes near or below the poverty line. As concerns about fracking mount, many believe the senator when he thunders that a ban is the right thing to do. In an ideal world, it would be, because gas drilling is an industrial process that cannot be done without causing some damage to the environment.
January 31, 2016
COLORADO 1 dead in violence at motorcycle expo One person died and six others were injured in a shooting and stabbing at a motorcycle expo Saturday, Denver police said. Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said the incident occurred at the National Western Complex, where the Colorado Motorcycle Expo is being held this weekend. Kevin McVaney of Denver Health Medical Center said six people were admitted to the hospital. Three were in critical condition and three were stable, he said.
August 15, 2013 |
A paper target with Gov. Corbett's face in the bull's-eye showed up at a Democrats' county-fair booth in southwestern Pennsylvania over the weekend, drawing outrage from state Republicans and condemnation of the imagery from Democratic officials. "Reasonable people can disagree, but creating something like this is just unacceptable," state GOP Chairman Rob Gleason said Tuesday in a statement. He said that his Democratic counterpart, Jim Burn, should denounce the flier, and added that Greene County Democrats owed the governor an apology for "condoning" it. "Think Safety First" is printed beneath the target, between a sketch of a deer and a picture of a turkey with the slogan "Let's Make Him One-Term Tom" pasted next to it. A tom is both a male turkey and the governor's first name.
June 28, 2013 |
As the dust settles on President Obama's climate action plan released Tuesday, industry and advocacy groups here are trying to sort out this: How much will it hurt coal, the region's traditional but fading power source? And how much will it boost renewables and nuclear? In both states, a cascade of regulatory blows has forced coal-fired power plants to upgrade, close, or switch to natural gas. In both, two nuclear generators are on the drawing boards. Wind energy has grown in Pennsylvania.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday delivered his most forceful push for action on global warming, declaring that his administration would impose tighter pollution controls on coal- and gas-fired utilities and establish strict conditions for approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Obama also announced that the government would take climate change into consideration in its everyday operations. The shift could affect decisions on a range of issues, including bridge heights, flood insurance rates, and how the military gets electricity overseas.
January 12, 2013 |
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sen. John D. "Jay" Rockefeller 4th, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world's richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday that he will not seek a sixth term. The Democrat's decision comes at a time when his popularity is threatened because of his support for President Obama, who is wildly unpopular in the state, and his willingness to challenge the powerful coal industry, which he said has used divisive, fear-mongering tactics to wrongly blame the federal government for its problems.
October 28, 2012 |
WAYNESBURG, Pa. - Not long ago, two things held true in Greene County: Coal ruled, and a Democratic presidential candidate could count on solid voter support. Coal still holds its own. President Obama, not so much. Across mining regions, the Republicans have mounted a relentless campaign blaming the Obama administration's environmental policies for a decline in coal demand. It has struck a chord in Greene County, judging from the ubiquitous yard signs: "Stop the War on Coal - Fire Obama.
December 29, 2011
W E WONDER: Do the people who oppose the new standards for mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants believe that their children are somehow immune from the birth defects and lower IQs caused by these poisons? (We also wonder if they think that somehow they can partition off their own little section of the atmosphere to breathe - or somehow find a haven from global warming-induced hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis. But let's just stick with mercury - and arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases - for today.)
December 22, 2011 |
After two decades of studies, delays, and legal challenges, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized a national rule to limit emissions of mercury and other air toxins from power plants. The EPA said the action would prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks a year, and help children grow up healthier. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said the economic and health benefits - as much as $90 billion a year - would "far outweigh the costs of compliance.