Pennsylvania’s Environmental Community: Nuclear Bailout Bill Not the Climate and Clean Energy Solution Pennsylvanians Deserve
Press Release • 3/11/2019
[HARRISBURG, PA] – Representative Thomas Mehaffie III (R-Dauphin) today introduced legislation that would prop up Pennsylvania’s struggling nuclear power plants by adding a third tier for nuclear energy to the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS). Three Mile Island and Beaver Valley are expected to close in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
The following environmental and clean energy advocacy groups issued the statement below in response to the proposed legislation: Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Air Council, PennFuture, PennEnvironment, Keystone Progress, Clean Water Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia/Pennsylvania, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association.
News Article • 3/4/2019 • by J.D. Prose at The Times
While congressional Democrats scored big while Republicans did poorly on a new environmental scorecard, the situation was reversed when it came to recent pro-business rankings.
The Conservation Voters of PA last week released the results of the League of Conservation Voters 2018 environmental scorecard and its executive director had flattering words for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, who scored 93 percent, and some harsh ones for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh County, who was given a score of zero.
Conservation Voters of PA Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2018 National Environmental Scorecard
Press Release • 2/27/2019
Conservation Voters of PA today released the Pennsylvania delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available for download here, in Spanish here, and online at scorecard.lcv.org.
"As the Trump administration continued its assault on our most important environmental protections, Senator Toomey refused to stand up for Pennsylvania’s air, water, land, and wildlife" said Conservation Voters of PA’s Executive Director Josh McNeil. "Instead of rubber stamping a polluter agenda, we need our representatives in Congress to fight for the health of our communities, the beauty of our state, and the future of our economy — and thankfully we can count on Senator Casey to push back. We’re more determined than ever before to hold members of Congress accountable for putting polluters ahead of our families."
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS TO PHILLY CITY COUNCIL: WE WILL NOT ENDORSE CANDIDATES WHO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF NEW FOSSIL FUEL PROJECT
Press Release • 2/26/2019
As Philadelphia City Council prepares to vote on a controversial fossil fuel project this week, major environmental groups announced that a vote in support of this project will automatically disqualify incumbent councilmembers from receiving the organizations’ endorsements.
Representing many of Philadelphia’s largest citizen-based environmental organizations, PennEnvironment, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action, and the Sunrise Movement joined together to make today’s announcement.
Press Release • 2/25/2019
Today, Conservation Voters of PA endorsed Jordan Yeager for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Bucks County. This is the first time in its 10 year history that Conservation Voters of PA has endorsed a candidate for Court of Common Pleas.
Press Release • 11/7/2018
Today, voters went to the polls and soundly rejected gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner’s extremist anti-environmental agenda and elected 24 new pro-environment leaders to the state house and senate. 43 of Conservation Voters of PA’s 56 endorsed pro-environment candidates won their elections, with one race still too close to call. Governor Tom Wolf was handily re-elected over climate-change denier Scott Wagner, and voters elected environmental champions across the Commonwealth.
News Article • 10/24/2018 • by Dan Sokil at The Reporter
"I am proud to be endorsed by the Sierra Club and Conservation Voters of PA and will fight to stop gutting our DEP, expand DOH (Department of Health) resources for residents concerned about exposure, and pressure the federal government to act more swiftly and pay its fair share," said Maria Collett.
News Article • 10/19/2018 • by Reid Frazier at StateImpact PA
Executive director Josh McNeil says it’s not just because of their policies, but how they talk about them.
“They were campaigning on issues of environmental justice and environmental racism. Summer Lee was maybe the first candidate for state office that I’ve ever seen talk about the inherent racism in a lot of the way that environmental impacts are distributed in this country,” he said.
News Article • 10/16/2018 • by Editorial at Penn Live
The [Marcellus Money] report should serve as a clarion call for a serious push for campaign finance reform in Pennsylvania, where the sky's the limit on campaign contributions and the only direct corporate contributions are banned.
MarcellusMoney.org Report Reveals Millions in Donations to State Elected Officials from the Fracking Industry
Press Release • 10/4/2018
The MarcellusMoney.org project today released its latest report detailing donations from the fracking industry to state candidates and elected officials. The report highlights that since 2007, members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition and other companies that profit from fracking have spent $69.6 million since 2007 to lobby Pennsylvania’s state government. Lobbyists, PACs and executives from these companies donated $11.2 million to campaign committees registered with the state.