The Latest in Climate

Climate Cases

PennFuture joined Clean Air Council, Mountain Watershed Association, and Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services in filing an amicus brief in Commonwealth Court to support Rockhill Township's position that the Environmental Hearing Board (Board) erred as a matter of law in misconstruing precedent of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in concluding the Board lacked jurisdiction over the appeal.  This error has broad and likely unintended implications in federalizing control over state regulatory decisions and the de novo review framework for appeal of Departmental decisions.

PennFuture joined environmental nonprofits in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit raising concerns with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's use of "tolling orders" that nominally grant rehearings "for the limimited purpose of further consideration." These tolling orders effectively lock requesters out of court.

Earthjustice filed a complaint on behalf of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Gasp, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Sierra Club, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improperly regulating coke ovens – producers of known carcinogens – thus failing to protect communities throughout the country. Over a decade ago, EPA found that carcinogenic emissions from coke ovens destroy air quality and cause devastating health complications, yet plaintiffs in the case argue the agency failed to act to protect nearby communities from this threat.

Climate Policies

Introduced: Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R)
House Resolution urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to suspend consideration of a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin.

More Information:
PennFuture Letter of Opposition (October 2017)

Introduced: Sen. Guy Reschenthaler (R)
Limits state methane regulations to not exceed what the federal EPA has already set.

More Information:
Fact Sheet: PA Methane Problem
Fact Sheet: Methane Pollution

Agency: DEP
Triennial submission of Pennsylvania's updated Climate Action Plan, incuding recommended legislative changes and cost-effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Public Comment Page
PennFuture's Public Comments

Climate Blog Posts

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.
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The fracked gas industry and its proponents excel at spinning false narratives about the health and safety of its operations, and often don’t tell the whole story when faced with facts.
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PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo reflects on PennFuture's achievements in 2019, but also looks ahead to the challenges of 2020.
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Climate News

PennFuture has released the following statement in reaction to a letter released by regional officials that calls for an expansion of the petrochemical industry
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Legislators on Nov. 19 introduced two bills that would limit the governor's authority to join organizations like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
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PennFuture's Rob Altenburg delivered this testimony to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Oct. 28.
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