PennFuture CEO Reacts to EPA Appointment

Organization Continues Fight for Environment at State Level

Dec. 7, 2016, PITTSBURGH, Pa. – PennFuture CEO and President Larry Schweiger, a national leader on climate change science and policy, said Wednesday that the statewide organization is prepared to continue its fight for the environment despite devastating federal decisions on EPA leadership.

“We are prepared and ready to continue our fight for a clean energy economy at the state level. PennFuture is more energized than ever to ensure that every citizen in the state has access to clean air and clean water, while making renewable energy a priority,” Schweiger said. President-Elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general with deeply troubling entanglements with the fossil fuel industry, was chosen to run the Environmental Protection Agency.

The New York Times reported that Pruitt formerly accused federal regulators of “grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state.” Pruitt failed to point out that the accusation itself, “was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying.”

“The environmental community must be prepared to challenge actions that retreat from our commitment to the Paris Accord and come together to create new strategies and new ways to connect with citizens to communicate the imminent threat of climate change. We will continue our mission in Pennsylvania and look forward to creating change and the clean energy economy that we envision here at PennFuture,” Schweiger said.

PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.

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