Category Archives: Environment

#PAGov: Wolf Disagrees with Cuomo’s Fracking Ban

The moratorium supporters failed to move any Democratic candidates for Governor into their column during the primary, so this isn’t surprising. Wolf continues to support a moratorium on gas drilling on public land, so I’m expecting a high profile reversal … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor

Sorry, a 5% Severance Tax Won’t “Cripple” PA’s Economy

Only 0.5% of the PA workforce is employed by the natural gas sector. Yes, there are some other auxiliary industries that benefit from natural gas activity that aren’t counted in that. Yes, low gas prices support some additional economic activity than … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment

The Next Republican Climate Argument

Republicans are extra angry about this new US-China climate deal, because the only argument they had left that was taken seriously among respectable company was that unilateral US action was pointless if the big polluters in the developing world weren’t also going … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment

#PAGov: Post-Gazette Spotlights the Methane Pollution Issue

The excellent Greg Victor at the Post-Gazette reprinted some of my methane post from the other day in his Cutting Edge column: Center-left environmentalist opinion in this state has generally taken the view that growing natural gas market share can be a … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Issues

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