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New rule attempts to tackle pollution from oil and gas wells

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
While an important step, the proposed rulemaking still has some hurdles in the regulatory process before becoming law, but the rule also has some significant shortfalls. Read more

Fallacy, Fiction and Falsehoods: Part 2

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
This is the second in an ongoing series of blogs taking a deeper look at the comments, misinformation, hyperbole, and criticisms from the natural gas and petrochemical industry as well as their allies in their attempt to sell Pennsylvanians on the virtues of its climate-killing sector. Read more

Making Sense of Pennsylvania’s Growing Debate Around Petrochemicals

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
Pennsylvania’s proposed petrochemical buildout is bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and bad for our communities. Read more

Fallacy, Fiction and Falsehoods: Part 1

by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
This is the first in a series of blogs taking a deeper look at the misinformation and hyperbole from the natural gas and petrochemical industry. Read more

PennFuture delivers Toxic Neighbor petition to U.S. Steel

by Kelsey Krepps, Western PA Outreach Coordinator
PennFuture delivered more than 5,300 petition signatures to the office of U.S. Steel President and Chief Executive Officer David Burritt, demanding the company modernize its facilities and stop polluting in the Monongahela Valley. Read more

So Pennsylvania Might Join RGGI. What Comes Next?

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Rob Altenburg describes the process that will unfold over the next 18 to 24 months as Pennsylvania works to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Read more

A Sunnier Vision for Pennsylvania: An Alternative to Giving Tax Breaks to Fossil Fuels

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
On Sept. 19th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to give yet another gift to the already heavily subsidized natural gas and petrochemical industry: a 20 percent tax break. This archaic vision of economic development in Pennsylvania is a threat to our communities, ecology, and climate. Read more

Fracking Across Property Lines: Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Company

by Kody Hines, Legal Intern
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court could soon decide a case that will have far-reaching implications for oil and gas development. Read more

Philadelphia Energy Solutions' Failures

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Dumping money into the petrochemical industry is a dead end for Pennsylvania and we need a better and more sustainable pathway for our future. Read more

The Problem with Pipelines

Picture courtesy of Sam Rubright/FracTracker Alliance
by Jared Stonesifer, Director of Media Relations
The burgeoning petrochemical movement is in its infancy in western Pennsylvania, but we’ve already experienced significant detriments to both the environment and private property because of fracking and pipeline accidents. Read more

Op-Ed: Beaver County Pipeline Explosion: How to Prevent Future Catastrophes

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
A recent op-ed from PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. Read more

Saving Energy on a Budget

Here are a few easy steps you can take to save energy in your home. Read more

Cloudy with a 100% Chance of Solar Power Generation

by Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications
How one family went solar after PennFuture's Annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour. Read more

Shop for Clean Energy & Take the Power Back

by Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center
Did you know that switching to clean energy is in your hands? Read more

False Choices: Why PA Doesn’t Need to Sell Out Health for Dirty Energy Jobs

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
The latest blog from PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. Read more

Our Clean Energy Future Requires Leadership from All

by Jacquelyn Bonomo, PennFuture President and CEO
A call for a clean energy future from President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. Read more

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