Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Tuesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 3.29.22

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House returns to session March 29, 30, April 11, 12, 13

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session March 30, April 4, 5, 6

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events

TODAY 10:00: Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Community, Economic and Recreation Development Committees joint hearing on Economic Impacts of DEP Carbon Pollution Reduction Program Covering Power Plants (RGGI).  Hearing Room 1, North Office Building.  Click Here to watch liveClick Here for more on the agenda.

TODAY 10:00: House Transportation Committee meets to consider House Resolution 74 (Daley-D-Montgomery) directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of wildlife conservation corridors.  Room 523 Irvis Office Building. Click Here for more on the agenda.

TODAY 11:00: DEP, Rep. Bullock Highlight Draft Environmental Justice Policy. Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg.

-- Republicans On House Committee Move Bills To Unleash Natural Gas Industry In Pennsylvania, Kill RGGI  [PaEN]

-- Republican Chair Of House Environmental Committee Believes Opponents Of Natural Gas Infrastructure Projects ‘Just Need To Be Ignored And Politically Ran Over’  [PaEN]

-- MCall - Ford Turner: House Republican Lawmakers Advance Energy Bills Amid Concern Over Prices, Russia-Ukraine War

-- League Of Conservation Voters: 43 PA Conservation, Faith, Business, Environmental Groups Oppose House, Senate Bills To Kill RGGI 

-- PennLive Letter: Pennsylvanians Support Caps On Power Plant Pollution - PA League Of Women Voters

-- York Dispatch: Township Decision On Solar Energy Farm Proposal Delayed Again

-- Penn State Behrend To Host In-Person Teach-In On Climate And Justice March 30

-- WESA/The Allegheny Front: DEP Holds Hearings On PFOS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Drinking Water Regulation

-- PA Resources Council Hosts Webinars On Rain Barrels, Backyard Composting, Recycling In April [PaEN]

-- Citizens Voice: Back Mountain Residents Will Soon Transfer To Color-Coded Recycling System

-- WHYY/Billy Penn: Officials Swear They Have Plans To Fix Philly’s Big Illegal Dumping Problem, But Say They Need More Funding

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Lehman Twp Police Seek Person For Illegal Dumping

-- Dept. Of Agriculture Promotes Investments In Pollinator Research, Strengthen Resilience Of PA Specialty Crops

-- DCNR Blog: Native Plants Are ‘Good Weeds’

-- Brodhead Watershed Assn. Online Native Plant Sale Now Open In Monroe County

-- Warren Times: State, Feds Partner To Combat Spongy [fmr Gypsy] Moth In Allegheny National Forests

-- PA Environmental Council Now Accepting Applications For Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Landscape Mini Grants  [PaEN]

-- WHYY - Susan Phillips: A Battle Brews Over Use Of Delaware River: Recreational vs. Commercial

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Riverfront Plan Vitalizes Pittsburgh’s Future

-- Courier Times: How To Get To The Great Swamp Of Upper Bucks County

-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: Avian Influenza Detected In Bald Eagle Near Philadelphia

-- WHYY: Philly Bird-Watching Groups Are Changing The Way We See Birds

-- Williamsport Sun - Dan Brauning: Permanent Resident Birds Get An Early Start On Nesting Season 

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Finding Safe Spot For Nest Can Be A Challenge

-- PennLive - Marcus Schneck: Trout Fishing Season Opens Saturday, Everything You Need To Know

-- Warren Times: Audubon First Friday Focuses On Fish Of The Allegheny River Watershed

True Energy Independence Means Renewables

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

-- Delaware Valley Journal Guest Essay: Unleash Natural Gas Industry In Pennsylvania - Marcellus Shale [Gas] Coalition

-- PennLive Guest Essay: Biden Administration Should Lift Regulations On Oil & Gas Production - Fmr Chester County Republican Sen. Earl Baker, Natural Gas Industry Booster

-- Financial Times: Can U.S. Natural Gas Relieve Europe From Russian Supply Dependency? [U.S. Official: “The true path to energy security runs through clean energy.  The first part is getting Europe off Russian gas.  The second part is getting Europe off gas altogether.”

-- Financial Times: EPA Chief Defends Push For Greater Oil Supply  [“​​Regan said the surge in prices had shown the US was “still, to a certain extent, held captive to fossil fuels”. Greater development of renewable resources would leave the country less “vulnerable” in future, he said.”]

-- AP: U.S. Dept. Of Commerce Inquiry Imperils Solar Industry, Advocates Say

-- AP: U.S. Seeks New Lithium Sources As Demand For Batteries Grow

-- AP: International Renewable Energy Agency: Radial Action Needed To Shift Away From Fossil Fuels To Reduce Climate Changing Emissions

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?


Other States/National/International

-- EPA Statement On Biden Administration’s FY 2023 Budget Request

-- U.S. Dept. Of Interior FY 2023 Budget Makes $18.1 Billion Investment In Interior Initiatives

-- WHYY/NPR: Misinformation Is Derailing Renewable Energy Projects Across U.S.

-- The Guardian: Change In Bitcoin Software Code Can Reduce Energy Consumption By 99%

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: PA Republicans Eye Greater Control Over Redistricting Thru Another Constitutional Amendment

-- Inquirer: YouTube Takes Down Video Of PA Republican Gubernatorial Forum, Citing Misinformation Policy  

--AP: Federal Judge Rules Fmr Republican President’s Efforts To Overturn Election More Likely Than Not, Criminal

-- Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Democrats Play Defense In PA Legislative Races

-- MCall: Candidates Running For State House, Senate

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson/Jan Murphy: House, Senate Candidates File For Primary

-- LancasterOnline: House Speaker, Sen. Aument Draw Challengers From Republicans Further Right

-- Inquirer: Delaware County Man Trying To Unload His Gun At A Red Light Shot And Killed The Driver Next To Him, Police Say 

-- Post-Gazette: Spencer Family’s Attorney Responds To Findings In Venango County Killing, Anticipates Federal Indictment

-- Courier Times: How PA Law Made It Easy For Schools To Avoid Reporting Abuse Allegations

-- Post-Gazette: Groups Criticize Auditor General’s Decision To Transfer School Audit Duties

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Court Rejects PA School Employees Pension Secrecy

-- TribLive Editorial: Natural Decline In Population Demands Shift In Priorities

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[Posted: March 29, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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