Tag: climate change

Half of World’s Bird Species in Decline

Destruction of avian life intensifies Phoebe Weston writes in the September 28, 2022 Guardian, “State of the World’s Birds report warns human actions and climate crisis putting 49% in decline, with one in eight bird species under threat of extinction.” Since 1970, 2.9 billion… Continue Reading “Half of World’s Bird Species in Decline”

Yin & yang of climate & energy in China

A September 14, 2022 Opinion, China Is Writing the Story of the Climate Future, by David Wallace-Wells in The New York Times, points out the complexities of climate change and renewable energy in China, a country that was blanketed by heat and drought during… Continue Reading “Yin & yang of climate & energy in China”

STUDY: Greenland ice sheet set to raise sea levels by nearly a foot

New research suggests the massive ice sheet is already set to lose more than 3 percent of its mass, even if the world stopped emitting greenhouse gases today. The story by Chris Mooney in The Washington Post on August 29, 2022 is yet another… Continue Reading “STUDY: Greenland ice sheet set to raise sea levels by nearly a foot”

Only 15 out of 256 Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Who Abandoned Wells Were Fined by PA DEP

Small Penalties no Deterrent to Future Abandonments by David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 30, 2022 Only 15 of the 256 conventional oil and gas operators who received notices of violation for abandoning wells without plugging them over the last… Continue Reading “Only 15 out of 256 Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Who Abandoned Wells Were Fined by PA DEP”

Update on RGGI in PA with 2nd Quarter Report

On April 23, 2022, Pennsylvania became the 12th state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (“RGGI”). However, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has since issued an injunction against further implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). While Pennsylvania drifts between political and judicial… Continue Reading “Update on RGGI in PA with 2nd Quarter Report”

Forget the Energy Crisis, it’s the Climate Crisis Stupid!

While he didn’t actually call anyone “stupid” the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) — Director General Josef Aschbacher — made it crystal clear to everyone how serious the climate crisis has become. He would know, since his agency uses six families of… Continue Reading “Forget the Energy Crisis, it’s the Climate Crisis Stupid!”

PA PUC: Four Major Electric Utilities Have Double-Digit Electric Price Increases Coming Sept. 1st

Price Increases Caused By Spike In Natural Gas, Energy Costs, and Hot Weather By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest | August 10, 2022 On August 10, the Public Utility Commission warned customers of five major electric utilities will increase their electricity prices,… Continue Reading “PA PUC: Four Major Electric Utilities Have Double-Digit Electric Price Increases Coming Sept. 1st”

President Biden signs sweeping health, climate and tax bill

“Further proof that the soul of America is vibrant, the future of America is bright and the promise of America is real and just beginning,” said President Joe Biden. “The American people won and the special interests lost. That’s the choice we face. We… Continue Reading “President Biden signs sweeping health, climate and tax bill”

METHANE is mentioned 47-times in the 273-pages of H.R. 5376 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

Here are some mentions of “methane” related to oil and gas production: DEFINITION OF GREENHOUSE GAS.—In this section, the term ‘‘greenhouse gas’’ means the air pollutants carbon dioxide, hydrofluorocarbons, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride. H. R. 5376—241 & 242 SEC. 50263. ROYALTIES… Continue Reading “METHANE is mentioned 47-times in the 273-pages of H.R. 5376 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)”

Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 12, 2022 On August 12, the U.S. House passed compromise legislation that would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates… Continue Reading “Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden”

U.S. Senate Passes Climate, Energy Bill; Now on To U.S. House For A Vote

GUEST POST: David E. Hess / PA Environment Digest / August 7, 2022 On August 7, the U.S. Senate passed compromised legislation that would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates… Continue ReadingU.S. Senate Passes Climate, Energy Bill; Now on To U.S. House For A Vote

WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts

PBS FRONTLINE Series Links to all 3 videos: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/the-power-of-big-oil/ DESCRIPTION In an epic three-part documentary series, FRONTLINE investigates the decades-long failure to confront the threat of climate change and the role of the fossil fuel industry. Part One charts the fossil fuel industry’s early… Continue Reading “WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts”

URBAN FORESTS: Hot Paris vs. Cool Pittsburgh

A Reuters story by Manuel Ausloos yesterday, Heatwave in Paris exposes city’s lack of trees, caught my attention since it mentioned increasing heat from climate change along with the importance of city trees. As a third heatwave baked France this week, the heat radiating… Continue Reading “URBAN FORESTS: Hot Paris vs. Cool Pittsburgh”

GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close

In this latest episode of ‘shock and awe’ we learn that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III has changed his mind. The $369 billion climate and tax package forged in a surprise deal by Senate Democrats on Wednesday would be the most ambitious action ever taken… Continue Reading “GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close”

GUEST ESSAY – Energy Freedom for Pennsylvania

By Sharon Pillar, Pennsylvania Solar Center This guest essay appeared first in the Tribune-Democrat on July 22, 2022 Sharon Pillar: Key to lower energy prices is diversification With energy costs soaring these days, it is time for our state to promote healthy diversification of… Continue Reading “GUEST ESSAY – Energy Freedom for Pennsylvania”

An End to US Oil Exports and Offshore Drilling?

Let’s call it the “Joe-Joe Dilemma” — and we aren’t talking cookies. More like “all the marbles.” Blockage of climate action by Senator Joe Machin could now lead to ‘climate emergency’ action taken by President Joe Biden. Things like ending offshore drilling, banning U.S.… Continue Reading “An End to US Oil Exports and Offshore Drilling?”

Hey Joe, where you going with our future in your hand?

Joe Manchin not only delayed climate action by President Biden for 18 months, he has walked away without taking any action to secure a better environment for future generations. No surprise really, since he receives more political contributions from oil and gas than any… Continue Reading “Hey Joe, where you going with our future in your hand?”

Backwards Pennsylvania

You can thank ‘frac happy’ Republican legislators like Yaw and Metcalfe for keeping our Commonwealth in the ‘stone ages’ when it comes to promoting a healthy environment. Also, their latest ‘gas buddy’ enabling efforts will likely cause Pennsylvania to lose federal highway funds. David… Continue Reading “Backwards Pennsylvania”

Mail Trucks: An Ideal Use for Electric Vehicles

Mail trucks spend so much time starting, stopping and idling, that building a new mail truck fleet of EV’s makes perfect sense in over 90-percent of the cases. Right now, only 20-percent are planned to be built as EV’s. The old mail trucks still… Continue Reading “Mail Trucks: An Ideal Use for Electric Vehicles”

AIR POLLUTION: Welling Compressor Station in Washington County, PA

Today’s Pennsylvania Bulletin includes an “Intent to Issue an Operating Permit under the Air Pollution Control Act” for the Welling Compressor Station at 165 Carlisle Road, Claysville, PA 15323. The Welling is one of the largest compressor stations in our county, one of over… Continue Reading “AIR POLLUTION: Welling Compressor Station in Washington County, PA”

2021 RGGI Annual Report

Pennsylvania is on track to fully participate in ‘Reggie’ if GOP lawsuits, or the November 8, 2022 gubernatorial election, doesn’t derail the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “This regulation has the support of businesses and residents, and will save lives… Continue Reading “2021 RGGI Annual Report”

‘The Power of Big Oil: Part 3 – Delay’

In addition to a tornado warning —that had us eating supper in our basement at 6:00PM Tuesday evening— the third segment of this PBS Frontline documentary aired later that same evening. I recognized a couple powerful allies in the oil & gas air pollution… Continue Reading “‘The Power of Big Oil: Part 3 – Delay’”

‘Time to Wake Up’ Farewell

I’m old enough to remember when saffron-robed Buddhist priests immolated themselves during the Vietnam War years of mass destruction and political corruption. On Earth Day, there was a repeat of that sort of supreme sacrifice by Colorado photojournalist Wynn Alan Bruce, a practicing Buddhist… Continue Reading “‘Time to Wake Up’ Farewell”

Earth Emergency

This 52-minute documentary explains the urgency of doing something quickly about climate change better than most videos you’ll ever see. In honor of Earth Day 2022 be sure to watch the video from this PBS webpage: https://www.pbs.org/video/earth-emergency-6njifx/

“DIVERSIFIED ENERGY: Business Model Built to Fail Appalachia”

Yesterday’s Zoom presentation by that same title was quite alarming, especially for those of us living in Pennsylvania, where Diversified Energy now owns over 22,000 oil and gas wells. Diversified actually owns more wells in the United States than Exxon, or any other oil… Continue Reading ““DIVERSIFIED ENERGY: Business Model Built to Fail Appalachia””

Green to Halloween

Fall weather has both extended the life of potted flowers on our deck and muted a colorful fall foliage season. Yin and yang. As darkening days remind us that winter is just around the corner, it’s lovely to still see colorful and full-grown potted… Continue Reading “Green to Halloween”

One Step Forward

In a hard-fought bid to make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy, Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to fight climate change passed its last regulatory hurdle yesterday with the IRRC (Independent Regulatory Review Commission). The 3-2 party-line vote… Continue Reading “One Step Forward”