News Article • 2/4/2021 • by Chris Ullery at Bucks Courier Times
Pennsylvania environmental groups are optimistic of rolling back former President Donald Trump policy changes in the new Biden administration.
Organizations like PennEnvironment, PennFuture and Conservation Voters of PA praised executive orders by President Joe Biden last week while pointing to more policy changes they want to see sooner rather than later.
Press Release: Clean Power PA Coalition on the Conclusion of EQB Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Public Comment Period
Press Release • 1/15/2021 • by Clean Power Coalition at
Upon the closing of the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board’s (EQB) open public comment period on a proposal for Pennsylvania to link to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Clean Power PA coalition made the following statement:
“The public comments received by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) demonstrate the strong support across the state for the proposal for Pennsylvania to link to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (CO2 Budget Trading Program Regulations – 50 Pa.B. 6212). The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the EQB held a safe and accessible public comment process that allowed citizens to submit comments via email, online form, mail, or during one of ten virtual public hearings spanning over 30 hours of testimony in December. The hearings, in particular, provided convenient opportunities for Pennsylvanians to publicly make their voices heard on this important program to cut pollution and create jobs, and more than 95 percent of the nearly 500 speakers at those public hearings expressed their support for Pennsylvania to participate in RGGI. The many other vehicles for communication ensured all Pennsylvanians who desired to comment on the proposed rule would have a chance to do so.
Can Biden’s climate plan spark cooperation in Pa.? Some see possible common ground in jobs, infrastructure
News Article • 11/25/2020 • by Rachel McDevitt at StateImpact
Climate change is one of the four major crises President-elect Joe Biden hopes to tackle after he’s sworn into office in January.
His goal is for the U.S. to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In Pennsylvania, a high-polluting state with a history of coal and natural gas production, it’s fair to expect pushback on Biden’s plan from the Republican-controlled legislature and industry groups.
News Article • 11/18/2020 • by Shannon Gority, PA executive director of the Chesapeake Bay at Gant Daily
As Pennsylvania legislators begin looking under the Commonwealth’s cushions for enough spare change to plug a state budget gap that could be higher than $4 billion, they should keep hands off of funds already dedicated to conservation and environmental programs.
News Article • 11/2/2020 • by Justine McDaniel at Philadelphia Inquirer
Edna Patterson can list the reasons she spends 15 to 20 hours a week calling Pennsylvania voters to talk about climate change:
She’s a former high school science teacher. Before that, she worked for a federal climate assessment program as a meteorologist. And she has kids and grandkids.
“Time’s running out,” said Patterson.
Patterson, 68, of West Chester, volunteers for Conservation Voters of PA as it works to reach more than two million voters before Tuesday. And she’s one of many advocates pushing the issue during an election year that has seen Americans roiled by natural disasters extreme enough to capture public attention, even amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic.
News Article • 11/2/2020 • by Jake Blumgart at New Statesman
“The shifting political climate in the state has put a number of races in play that weren’t in prior cycles,” said Josh McNeil, executive director of Conservation Voters of PA. “The increased polarisation, largely around the president, has reshaped the political landscape. If you voted against the environment a lot in, say, Bucks County, it’s a lot harder to get away with it now.”
The Conservation Voters of PA and other environmental groups are spending more than $2m on legislative races in the state, hoping that 2018’s results and anti-Trump backlash will allow for down-ballot Democratic victories. The state-level legislative maps in Pennsylvania heavily favour Republicans, even in the absence of gerrymandering. Although the Democrats are very competitive in state-level races, and win a majority of votes half the time, they routinely fail to win control of the General Assembly.
News Article • 11/2/2020 • by Kara Holsopple at Allegheny Front
Polls show that a majority of Pennsylvanians want lawmakers to do something about climate change. An annual environmental scorecard tracks how state legislators vote on climate and other environmental issues. In many parts of the state, that voting record is pretty dismal.
Conservation Voters of PA and its partners put out this scorecard each year. To get more traction on environmental issues, they’re putting money and resources into endorsing candidates to flip Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature. The Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple spoke with Josh McNeil, executive director of Conservation Voters of PA.
News Article • 11/2/2020 • by Lili Pike at Vox
Josh McNeil, the executive director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, which opposes fracking, said that it is time for the state to break free of extractive industries that have caused boom and bust cycles.
“Two months ago now, the legislature gave away a [$670] million handout to build petrochemical plants in the state, and they did that to create a market for natural gas. I’m not seeing anything like that for solar or wind.”
“We would like to see an even playing field that allows solar and wind, which in many cases are already cheaper than coal and gas, get the same kind of treatment.”
Press Release • 10/19/2020
Two Pennsylvania state lawmakers seeking re-election this November have been nominated as among the worst candidates on environmental issues in the country.
Press Release • 10/12/2020
As the global pandemic has driven more families to seek safer outdoor recreation options, Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly support open spaces, parks and the outdoors, according to a new poll that highlights the importance of environmental issues as voters go to the polls in a key swing state.