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Killion Receives 100% Rating from Top Environmental Groups

Senator Tom Killion (R-9) has received a 100% legislative scorecard rating from Pennsylvania’s leading environmental organizations.  The perfect score is based on votes cast by Killion during the current 2017-2018 legislative session. The groups issuing the newly released rating include the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Sierra Club of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action of Pennsylvania and PennEnvironment.

 

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Dinniman Earns Perfect Score on 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard

State Senator Andy Dinniman has once again attained a perfect environmental voting record, according to the 2017-2018 Environmental Scorecard recently released by the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action, PennEnvironment, and the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter.

“On this year’s scorecard, as in most past years, I scored 100 percent,” Dinniman who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said. “Chester County is a place that has a deep environmental ethic. I have done my best to reflect that ethic through my votes on environmental issues that come before the Senate.”

“I am proud to again be recognized in this way. Our natural resources are the property of all our citizens. We have a responsibility to safeguard our land, air, and water for our children and grandchildren.”

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How did your PA legislator do on the Environmental Scorecard? See them all here.

A consortium of environmental groups across the state released the annual Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard.

Despite some positive trends since the first version of the scorecard was published in 2012, Clean Water Action PACampaigns Director Steve Hvozdovich said the 2018 report indicates that the state capital remains “dominated by anti-environmental legislation.”

“We have far too many legislators who are willing to cast their votes for polluters or their well-heeled lobbyists,” he said.

The report was authored by the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, PennEnvironment and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania.  

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Conservation Fund Awaiting Revenue

Nearly $315 million of the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been invested in Pennsylvania’s outdoor spaces, including Ricketts Glen State Park in Luzerne County.

Sadly, Congress has failed to renew this program, which is scheduled to expire in September. That’s why Rep. Matt Cartwright, of Moosic, recently spoke out to protect this critical program, which protects places like Independence National Historical Park and Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe County.

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Arctic Refuge drilling: immoral, financially dishonest, and deeply unpopular

Say no to drilling in the Arctic

Buried in the tax bill is a shameful and economically irresponsible rider to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. This pristine corner of Alaska has been protected for generations, but one senator is trying to hand over one of the last untouched places in our country to Big Oil.

Reps. Patrick Meehan, Ryan Costello, and Brian Fitzpatrick understand that this special place should remain protected, writing in a letter to Republican leadership that “the Arctic Refuge stands as a symbol of our nation’s strong and enduring natural legacy.” We appreciate their stance.

Now it’s time for our representatives to put their word into action. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge has no place in the tax bill and Meehan, Costello, and Fitzpatrick need to stand strong and vote against this shameful sellout to the oil and gas industry.

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PA lawmakers cobble together budget - without needed boost for Bay, environment

Four months past the deadline for approving a state budget, Pennsylvania lawmakers have finally agreed on how to pay for the $32 billion spending plan they adopted in July.

They did nothing, though, to bolster a budget that offers no new money for Chesapeake Bay restoration, drinking water protection and other environmental programs. In fact, they opened the door to siphoning money from special funds dedicated to conservation and pollution cleanup.

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Delaware River featured in contest to promote watershed area

Appalachian Mountain Club's Delaware River Means campaign

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), in collaboration with the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, and the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, has launched the "Delaware River Means" campaign (https://delawarerivermeans.com/).

This online photo and story entry contest focuses on the benefits and experiences around the Delaware River Watershed, aiming to engage residents of and visitors to the Watershed in appreciating its unique qualities.

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Pa. lawmakers are masters of the Puniverse

Harrisburg

Just in terms of raw politics, our legislature deserves special notice.

In the small-ball world of Harrisburg, it consistently manages to protect itself and its donors, hence its members’ 90 percent-plus reelection rates.

And, with a little more than a week to go before the annual July 1 deadline for a new state budget, it appears poised to reprise its insulated ways.

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Trump opens 100-day rally assailing media gathered for correspondents’ dinner

President Trump marked his 100th day in office with an event touting what he called his administration's “historic progress,” even as his prime focus early in the campaign rally focused on his long-running antagonism with the news media.

About two hours before Trump was scheduled to start speaking, more than 100 Democratic and liberal activists gathered in a field across the street to express their opposition — in tones that quickly veered from jubilant to vehement and back again.

Josh McNeil, executive director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, joined the growing crowd early, saying he'd decided to come to “make a statement that President Trump did not earn a mandate to destroy the environment. No one voted for him to dismantle the EPA, but that has been a priority of his first 100 days.”

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State Rep. Vitali slams influence of Marcellus Shale lobbyists

State Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166 of Haverford, held a news conference Friday to highlight what he believes is the effect of lobbying money from the Marcellus Shale industry on legislators, claiming that it prevents “good public policy” from being enacted.

The natural gas industry spent $7.3 million in lobbying expenses in 2016 in Pennsylvania and $62.6 million since 2007, he said, citing research that was partially done by Common Cause and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania.

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