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PennEnvironment condemns legislation that promotes burning plastics and calls it ‘recycling’

Group calls on Gov. Wolf to veto proposal

By Clean Water & Conservation Advocate Stephanie Wein, PennEnvironment. For Immediate Release Wednesday, November 18, 2020

PHILADELPHIA– PennEnvironment called on Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday to veto a newly passed bill that would redefine the term ‘recycling’ in a way that benefits the fossil fuel industry and threatens the health of Pennsylvanians and our environment.  Earlier in the day, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed House Bill 1808, which would promote burning plastics and turning them into crude oil and jet fuels under the guise of “recycling.” HB 1808 would also weaken pollution control standards for facilities where plastic-to-fuel processes take place, while incentivizing the production of more single-use plastic.

PennEnvironment’s Clean Water & Conservation Advocate Stephanie Wein released the following statement in response:

“Governor Wolf should stop Pennsylvania from setting a horrible precedent by misleadingly defining plastic combustion and other practices promoted by HB 1808 as ‘advanced recycling.’ Just like calling a hot dog ‘sushi’ doesn’t make it sushi, calling burning plastics ‘recycling’ doesn’t change what it is: just another way to burn fossil fuels.

This bill classifies expensive, polluting processes such as pyrolysis and gasification that convert plastics to liquid fuel products like fossil-fuel derived jet fuel or crude oil as recycling. We shouldn’t waste time and money on these types of flawed and potentially dangerous waste management approaches. Instead, we should implement safer, proven strategies such as passing policies that limit the use of single-use plastics in the first place.

We know that burning fossil fuels lead to global-warming carbon emissions. The plastics-to-fuel facilities enabled by HB 1808 will only exacerbate our climate-related problems. One project currently being proposed in Pennsylvania would emit an estimated 1.75 million tons of global warming pollution annually – the emissions equivalent of 300,000 cars on the road.

Call on the EPA to ban toxic “forever chemicals”

Toxic chemicals off tap
From PennEnvironment: text of a petition against ongoing use of PFAS chemicals, which are now appearing in drinking water. Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) has been a leader in securing the US House’s passage of the PFAS Action Act, which it is now up to the US Senate to pass for the public protection.

Dear EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler,

I urge you to halt further use of toxic PFAS chemicals unless and until any specific one is proven safe.

Across the country, the widespread use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has resulted in the contamination of drinking water. These PFAS chemicals are toxic to our health. A growing body of research has linked several types of PFAS to cancer, higher cholesterol levels, suppressed immune systems, low fertility, and even developmental issues in children and infants.

Please do all you can to protect drinking water from toxic chemicals.

Sign this petition at PennEnvironment

Renewables on the Rise: A decade of progress toward a clean energy future

Renewables on the Rise: A decade of progress toward a clean energy future
The 2019 edition of a report by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. Written by Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center; and Jonathan Sundby and Gideon Weissman, Frontier Group.

Read the summary and download the report at PennEnvioronment.The news from Pennsylvania, considering the state’s long continuing history of fossil fuel extraction and dependency, is better than one might expect. According to an emailed summary from PennEnvironment:

• Pennsylvania was ranked 22nd out of every state in the U.S. for growth in solar energy generation and 16th for growth in wind energy generation.

• 18,248 electric vehicles were sold in Pennsylvania over the past 10 years.

• Last year, Pennsylvania generated 4,125 GWh of clean wind and solar power.

The whole report is encouraging!

Renewables on the Rise < Penn Envt

Local lawmakers, municipal leaders push for renewable energy

Daily Local News, Apr 2, 2019

WEST WHITELAND—Local lawmakers and municipal leaders found out what it will take to transition to 100 percent renewable energy at PennEnvironment and Sierra Club’s Chester County Ready for 100 program in West Whiteland.

More than 150 Chester County residents explored clean energy and energy efficiency at the expo Saturday, and learned how they can transition their homes to cleaner resources to help reduce carbon footprint.

“I am very pleased to see the current focus on our environment and climate change,” said state Rep. Christina Sappey. “We have a responsibility to next generations to take immediate action to protect and preserve what we’ve done right, correct what we haven’t and implement strategies that get us to 100 percent renewable energy. It’s for these reasons I am honored to do whatever I can to work with our environmental advocacy partners towards this goal.”

The event also featured a panel discussion, “Our Clean Energy Future,” which engaged attendees in a discussion about how to push our communities and the state of Pennsylvania to transition away from dirty fossil fuels. The panel featured local elected officials and energy experts who showcased the existing momentum there is to transition away from dirty fossil fuels and how our community can help.

“Climate change is real,” said Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan. “It is happening, and we do cause it. It is something that as a country we, and frankly, a world, we need to deal with as quickly, as rapidly, and as aggressively as we possibly can.”

Houlahan is a cosponsor of The Climate Solutions Act which calls for 100 percent Renewable Energy by 2035 and sets greenhouse gas emission targets to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050….

read more at Daily Local News

PennEnvironment in Chester County: One climate defender at a time

By Richard Gaw, Chester County Press, 3/26/2019

Jess Cadorette, the Chester County volunteer coordinator for PennEnvironment’s efforts in the county, sat at a coffee shop in West Chester on a recent Friday, at the end of a week where she had already been everywhere.

The extra-large strawberry beverage she enjoyed was merely a brief respite in a whirlwind tour of the county. Earlier that week, she conducted volunteer education with a few of PennEnvironment’s more than 400 volunteer citizens in the county – called “climate defenders.” She met with colleagues in the environmental industry, and she arranged meet-and-greets between elected officials and volunteers. In between, she continued to put the finishing touches on the upcoming “Chester County 100% Renewable Energy Expo & Discussion,” which will be held March 30 at West Whiteland Township in Exton, and co-hosted by PennEnvironment and the Sierra Club of Chester County.

For Cadorette, who has been with the PennEnvironment for the past two years, it’s a job marked by miles, advocacy and patience – from Oxford to Nottingham, from Kennett Square to East and West Whiteland townships, and from restaurants to community fairs to information table shows, all in an effort to ratchet up citizens’ voices in support of science and the need for expediency, she said. …

read more at Chester County Press

Leading the charge to a 100% renewable energy future for Pennsylvania

from PennEnvironment, 2/19/19

Pennsylvania is the fourth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the country, but that could all change this legislative session.

PennEnvironment is reintroducing legislation in both the House and Senate this session that will require Pennsylvania to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. This legislation couldn’t come soon enough, with recent reports such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s, that show that climate change’s effect are not in the distant future as previously thought.

A commitment to renewable energy at this level would make Pennsylvania a leader in clean energy, and, as a state that depended largely on coal until more recent years, serve as a primary example of how states can take action to drastically reduce their emissions.

“We’re not California. We’re not Hawaii,” said David Masur, executive director of PennEnvironment, to CBS News. “When you have a purple state that Trump won, where the General Assembly is dominated by conservative Republicans, it’s significant and shows that other states with a history of fossil fuel production can lead the way.”

Just one month into the new legislative session, the bill already has more than 50 cosponsors.

Read more here from Environment America.

Petition to Protect the Delaware River

Protect one of PA’s greatest natural treasures: the Delaware River

Over the past few decades we’ve made real headway working to restore the Delaware River.

But that progress is at risk as the Trump administration is working to overturn key protections for our waterways.

We need our leaders at the state-level to step up and protect the Delaware River–and all of our waterways–when federal officials won’t. Ask Governor Wolf to join this crucial effort to make sure we can have a clean and healthy Delaware River for our kids and future generations.

sign the petition at PennEnvironment