Monday, September 19, 2022

Monday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 9.19.22

Are You Telling Your Story?

House returns to session September 19, 20, 21, October 24, 25, 26

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session September 19, 20, 21, October 17, 18, 19

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 10:00:  Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee informational meeting on carbon capture utilization and storage.  Room 8E-B East Wing. Click Here to watch live.  Read more here.

TUESDAY 9:00: House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on Wellhead to Stovetop - Conveying Energy in PA. Room G-50 Irvis Building.  Click Here to watch online.  Read more here.

TUESDAY 12:30:  Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee meets to consider House Bill 1161 (Mizgorski-R-Allegheny County) establishing a solar energy subscription program.  Room 461 Main Capitol.  Click Here to watch liveRead more here.


-- September 19 PA Environment Digest Now Available  [PaEN]


-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Not Registered For Global Clean Energy Action Forum In Pittsburgh?  You Can Still Feel The Buzz 


-- Inquirer - Andrew Maykuth: Comcast Promises Energy Efficiency Improvements In Its Vast Cable And Internet System


-- Scranton Times Editorial: State Should Accelerate Its Electric Vehicle Game


-- Gov. Wolf: Two Members Of PA Task Force 1 Deploying To Puerto Rico To Support Hurricane Fiona Response

-- Altoona Mirror Editorial: East Must Stay Prepared For Drought

-- Bloomberg Guest Essay: Small-Town Municipal Sewer Systems Are Getting Tech-Like Premiums

-- Inquirer Editorial: Time To Repeal PA Law That Allows Sale Of Municipal Water Systems

-- Warren Times Editorial: Righting The Wrongs In The Allegheny River Watershed [Litter, Illegal Dumping]

-- North Branch Land Trust Receives DCNR Grant To Protect 220 Acres In Huntsville Reservoir Watershed, Luzerne County  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette: Native Urban Garden Stewardship Program Looking For 2023 Candidates In Pittsburgh

-- TribLive - Mary Ann Thomas: Injured Steel Mill Bald Eagle ‘Imped’ With Grafted Feathers


6th Oil/Natural Gas Spike: True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[There Is No Limit To What Oil/Natural Gas Industry Can Make You Pay]


-- NYT: ‘Crippling’ Energy Bills Driven By Spike In Natural Gas Costs Force Europe’s Factories To Go Dark 


-- WPost: Coal Stoves, Wood Thieves: Europe Braces For Winter Without Russian Natural Gas


-- Reuters: Europe Races To Prepare For Energy Crunch This Winter; European Natural Gas Prices More Than Doubled From Start Of 2022 


-- AP: Environmental Groups Attack EU’s Green Label For Natural Gas, Nuclear Power


-- Bloomberg: EU’s ‘Fake’ Green Label For Natural Gas, Nuclear Are Under Legal Attack


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

-- AP: Hurricane Fiona Nears Dominican Republic After Pounding Puerto Rico

-- AP: Flood Waters Receding After Storm Batters Western Alaska

-- AP: First Public Global Database Of Fossil Fuels Launches

-- The Guardian: Burning World’s Fossil Fuel Reserves Could Emit 3.5 Trillion Tons Of Greenhouse Gas

-- The Guardian: Fury Over PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ As U.S State Spread Toxic Sewage Sludge

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- Spotlight PA: Skill Games Gambling Company Woos PA Lawmakers With Free Trips To Wild Wyoming Rodeo; Legislators Still Refuse To Pass Gift Ban

-- WPost: Republicans In Key Battleground Races Refuse To Say They Will Accept Election Results [Including PA Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano]

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Election Offices Challenged By Surge Of Voting Record Requests By Election Deniers: ‘Weaponization Of The Right To Know Process’ 

-- WHYY: Cracking Down On Gun Trafficking Or Impeaching Public Officials?  Shapiro And Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastrian On Stopping Crime

-- Post-Gazette: Shapiro, Other Democrats Stump At Get-Out-The Vote Rally In Pittsburgh

-- Post-Gazette: Race For Congress In Western PA Getting National Focus, And Infusion Of Cash

-- The Guardian: Proud Boys Designated A Hate Group By Southern Poverty Law Center; Memo Reveals Meticulous Planning For ‘Street-Level Violence’ 

-- Inquirer - Will Bunch: QAnon-Flavored Soundtrack At Ex-President’s Rally For Republican Candidates Should Terrify You

-- WHYY: These Philly Poll Workers Love Being A Crucial Part Of Democracy

-- LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Elections Office Suffers Substantial Loss Of Institutional Knowledge Since 2020

-- PA Capital-Star: PA Legislative Softball Game Won’t Save Democracy, But It Can’t Hurt

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Rep. Dowling Making Good Things Out Of A Bad Decision [Alcoholism]

-- Inquirer: During Philadelphia Deadliest Gun Violence Summer On Record, Just One Weekend Brings An Incalculable Level Of Trauma

-- PennLive: Dauphin County Prosecutor’s Office Hires Defense Attorney To Find Wrongful Convictions

-- Courier Times: Most Of $109 Million In Bucks County COVID Aid Went To OT, Businesses, Benefits; But The County Also Got Creative, Like Renting A Horse

-- Courier Times: Central Bucks School District Received $7,300 Donation For Anti-Racism Books; Why It’s Giving The Money Back 

-- The Guardian: ‘Rapid Acceleration’ In U.S. School Book Censorship Leads To 2,500 Bans In A Year [PA Number 3 In U.S., Texas, Florida Lead]

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[Posted: September 19, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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