Category Archives: Environment

Nat Gas Can’t Be a Climate “Bridge Fuel” If We Don’t Control Methane

At this point most of the boxes on my policy wishlist for the Tom Wolf administration have been checked off, which is why I’m mainly using the campaign endgame to talk about an issue where I’m still not a happy … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Issues

Flashback: Former DEP Head Michael Krancer Defended Fake Fracking Water Treatment Practice That Produces Dangerous Toxins

Susan Phillips at StateImpact previews a new peer-reviewed study from the Environmental Science & Technology journal that says it’s not safe to simply process fracking wastewater through municipal water treatment plants: A new study shows how treated wastewater from oil and gas … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Environment, Governor

#PA26: A DelCo Senate Race Primer

If you haven’t heard, there’s an extremely important race brewing in Delaware County for the District 26 Senate seat which will soon be left vacant by retiring Republican Edwin “Ted” Erickson. The Democratic candidate, John Kane, is the business manager … More after the jump

Posted in Education, Elections, Environment, Issues, State Politics, State Senate

Corbett Giving Industry Hack Group Taxpayer Money to Study Effects of Fracking

Last week, Tom Corbett’s Department of Environmental Protection was finally forced to admit that natural gas drilling had contaminated drinking water “hundreds of times” after years of furiously and dickishly denying that this had ever happened: As the AP reports, … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Issues

#PA3: Mike Kelly: Everything Basically Terrorism Now

When the usual predictable messaging on environmental regulations fails to resonate with voters, what’s a Republican Congressman to do? Use harsher and nuttier words to make the same point: “You talk about terrorism — you can do it in a … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Environment, US House

The Onion: ExxonMobile and Chevron Locked in Bidding War for Pat Toomey

File under “barely false”: With both sides increasing their initial offers for the prized asset, multinational energy companies ExxonMobil and Chevron Corporation are currently locked in a fierce bidding war to obtain a lucrative Pennsylvania senator, sources confirmed Monday. “This … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Issues, US Senate

#PAGov: Tom Corbett’s Fecal Touch: Climate Edition

The trouble with being the country’s most unpopular Governor is that even when you try to develop a new issue to hit your popular opponent with, people just assume you’re wrong about it because they already don’t like you. Could … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Environment, Governor

#PAGov: Tom Steyer Should Target the State Senate

It’s awesome that we finally have a billionaire political activist, Tom Steyer, playing for the good guys in PA, but apart from the DEP appointment, the Governor race isn’t really the most important focal point for getting Pennsylvania to do … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, State House, State Senate

This is Why Property Taxes Are Going Up in Camp Hill

In Camp Hill, property taxes may go up.  The district’s roughly $19.8 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year, which was reviewed by the school board on Monday, is about 10 percent greater than this year’s budget and contains a gap … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Harrisburg / South Central, Land Use, Transportation

The Environmentalist Case for Philly Wage and Business Tax Reform

Here is a crucial point for Philadelphians who consider themselves environmentalists. The fact that almost 40% (!) of Philadelphians leave the city limits for work every day, mostly via solo-driving, is an absolute disaster for the climate. The more people … More after the jump

Posted in Economic Development, Economy, Environment, Land Use, Philadelphia 2015, Transportation