Thursday, March 31, 2022

Thursday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 3.31.22

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Senate returns to session April 4, 5, 6

     -- Committee Schedule

House returns to session April 11, 12, 13

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events

-- Majority Chair Of Senate Committee Calls Opponents Of Natural Gas Infrastructure ‘Radical Environmentalists,’ Arguments By Of Supporters Of RGGI ‘Hysteria’  [PaEN]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: House Republicans Move To Block PA From RGGI Climate Program, Offer One-Time Federal Money Instead

-- Forbes: 5 New Reports Show Wind And Solar Power Can Cripple Putin, Secure Climate Goals

-- PA Solar Center Hosts April 8 Webinar: How Solar Energy Helps Create A More Resilient Grid & Incorporates Cybersecurity  [PaEN]

-- Sen. Casey: PA To Receive $186 Million To Lower Energy Costs For Families From Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law  [PaEN]

-- PennLive Guest Essay: We Must Take Steps Now To Stop Global Warming If We Want Our Kids To Have A Future - Fmr Dickinson College Professor

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Investing In Clean Energy Will Add Over 126,000 Jobs In PA - Keystone Research Center

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Solar Heats Up In Western PA - PA Could Become A Model For Solar Energy And Farmland Preservation 

-- Environmental Health News: One Year After Our Investigation Of Health Impacts Of Fracking, What’s Changed?

-- DEP Blog: Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment Brings Streams, Rivers Back To Life  [PaEN]

-- Casey, Cartwright Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Fund Abandoned Mine Treatment O&M Costs  [PaEN]

-- Appalachian Citizens' Law Center: 34 Community Groups Endorse New Bipartisan Federal Bills To Address Mine Treatment O&M Costs [Including EPCAMR]

-- WESA: ALCOSAN Wants Public Input On A $2 Billion Tunnel System To Reduce Sewage Overflows

-- Post-Gazette: ALCOSAN Taking Public Comment On Plan To Reduce Stormwater, Sewage Water In Rivers

-- Bay Journal - Karl Blankenship: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Work Gets A Boost From Federal Funding

-- USA Today: Your Lawn Or Toilet May Be Threat To U.S. Lakes, Rivers [Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA]

-- Middle Susquehanna RiverKeeper Blog: Study Highlights Live Stake Success To Improve Streams Using Volunteers 

-- DCNR Highlights How American Rescue Funds Would Help Pay For $1.4 Billion Of State Park, Forest Infrastructure Needs

-- Altoona Mirror: DCNR Presents State Park Infrastructure Plans

-- AP: Thailand-Based Firm Pays $20 Million Back To Ohio After Canceled Petrochemical Plant

-- Bay Journal - Ad Crable: PA Updating Environmental Justice Permit Review Policy

-- MCall - Paul Muschick: Why Racing Dirt Bikes, ATVs Thru Allentown Streets Is Not A Victimless Crime

-- Bipartisan Resolution Advances In House To Study Wildlife Conservation Corridors  [PaEN]

-- PA Capital-Star: Here’s How You Can Help Pittsburgh Collect Data On Urban Wildlife Encounters

-- Warren Times: Allegheny National Forest Planning Prescribed Burns

-- The American Chestnut Foundation Accepting Entries For 2022 Photo Contest, Entries Due Sept. 1

True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[There Is No Limit On What Oil/Natural Gas Companies Can Charge You]

-- AP: Biden Expected To Announce 1 Million Barrels/Day Release From Oil Reserves; Higher Oil Prices Have Not Resulted In More U.S. Production 

-- Bloomberg: Energy Stocks Fall With Oil As U.S. Weighs Massive Oil Release

-- Bloomberg: What A 180 Million Barrel Oil Release From Reserves May Mean For The Market

-- Bloomberg: Oil Consumers Take Control Of Market As OPEC+ Stands Back

-- Reuters: Top Federal Lands Producers Decline U.S. House Committee Hearing On Oil Prices, 2,800 Unused Permits 

-- Bloomberg: Biden Poised To Use Cold War Powers To Boost Battery Metals Dominated By China 

-- Financial Times: Renewable Energy Pushes Ahead Of Coal For The First Time 

-- Forbes: 5 New Reports Show Wind And Solar Power Can Cripple Putin, Secure Climate Goals

-- Reuters: EU Will Do ‘Whatever It Takes’ To Rebuild Solar Energy Manufacturing In Europe 

-- Reuters: Europe Would Struggle To Refill Natural Gas Storage Without Russian Supplies

-- WSJ: LNG Export Boom Draining U.S. Natural Gas Supplies, Lifting Prices

-- Reuters: 2 Groups Of European Lawmakers To Reject Proposal To Label Natural Gas, Nuclear Energy Sustainable Investments

American Rescue Plan Funding


-- Williamsport Sun: Lycoming Commissioners Invite Public To Comment On Investing $22 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding


-- $11 Billion In Federal American Rescue Plan Funding To PA State Government, Local Governments Has Yet To Be Invested.  What’s Your Community Doing?


Bipartisan Federal Infrastructure Law


-- Gov. Wolf Previews Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Project Funding In Southcentral Region


Federal FY 2023 Budget Proposal


-- Bay Journal - Karl Blankenship: Chesapeake Bay Restoration Work Gets A Boost From Federal Funding


-- Reuters: Biden Administration Seeks To Cut Home Energy Bills With $3.2 Billion For Efficiency


Other States/National/International

-- WPost: Climate Change Spurring Movement To Build Stormproof Homes

-- Reuters: Corporate Emitters Fall Far Short Of Climate Goals, Investors Say

-- NBC News: ‘Biggest Fraud In A Generation’: The Looting Of COVID Relief Paycheck Protection Program By Businesses 

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Erie Times: PA Should Be More Like Saudi Arabia On Energy, Republican Candidate For Governor Barletta Says

-- PennLive - John Baer: Here’s The PA Governor’s Race Debate Some Republican Candidates Want - Never Ask Any Republican Candidate A Question That Would Make Them Think 

-- York Daily Record: Will Fmr Republican President’s Endorsement Of PA Candidate For Governor Be A Deciding Factor?

-- AP: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Forum Gets Tense, Sharp-Elbowed

-- TribLive: Dr. Oz Talks Fracking At Washington County Event

-- NPR:  Private Funding Saved The 2020 Election, Now Some Republican-led States Are Trying To Ban It [Including PA which does not provide any state money to cover local election costs.]

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Hate Thrives - Lawmakers Refuse To Consider Anti-Hate Crime Legislation

-- PA Capital-Star: Advocates Ask For Rewrite Of Senate, House Rules To Prioritize Bipartisan Bills

-- PA Capital-Star: General Assembly Extends Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse Disaster Declaration; 24 House Republicans Voted No

-- York Dispatch Editorial: Suspending PA’s Gasoline Tax Not A Solution To Our Money Woes

-- PennLive: Wolf Signs Bill Extending Pandemic-Related Waivers

-- Inquirer: Why COVID Hit Mifflin County Worse Than Almost Any Other In The U.S. 

-- WESA: FEMA Spent $104 Million In PA Paying For COVID-Related Funerals

-- WHYY/NPR: New Study Says Ivermectin Does Not Prevent COVID Hospitalization

-- PennLive Guest Essay: A Mom’s Request Lawmakers, Gov. Wolf: Please Do The Right Thing For My Son With Disabilities

-- Spotlight PA: Parents Of Chinese American Teen Shot By State Policy Sue Troopers, Monroe County DA

-- PA Capital-Star: Philly Diversion Program Offers Option To Clear Criminal Records

-- York Dispatch: York City High School Arrested For Illegal Gun Possession

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: House Panel Acts On Resolution Opposing PA’s Private Charter School Accountability Regulations

-- TribLive: Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Program Removes Attendance Requirement For 2022

-- WLVR: First Lady Frances Wolf Joins Students, Legislators In Call To End Hunger On Campus

-- WESA: Pitt Students Lobby For More Funding For State-Related Universities

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Community Colleges Can Deliver A Vibrant Future For PA - Harrisburg Area Community College

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[Posted: March 31, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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