Help Elect Climate Champions to the PA Legislature!

You know how important the upcoming elections are! And you may already be supporting local candidates, or calling and writing letters for candidates around the country. We want to share some great opportunities for volunteer work that will help elect two climate champions right here in the Philadelphia area: Kristin Seale and Danielle Friel Otten. Kristin and Danielle … Continue reading Help Elect Climate Champions to the PA Legislature!

POWER charges environmental racism in Nicetown

POWER, the interfaith group in Philadelphia, issued the following statement about SEPTA's Nicetown gas plant, questioned by citizens for over 2 years. Read it below, or click on letterhead at right for a printable copy.   Meanwhile, citizens invite all to attend the 3rd public hearing to question the AMS decision. Coming up this Tuesday … Continue reading POWER charges environmental racism in Nicetown

Step away from the screen – Rise for Climate!

Today I remembered the image on an old t-shirt, and dug it out. All of us seeing the world via a screen -- for our entertainment and information. While the real world struggles by, ignored like the penguin (and other memorabilia) surrounding our screens. Are we staying home, watching idealized nature films on our big … Continue reading Step away from the screen – Rise for Climate!

Yeah, we need more efficient cars; let’s consider the most efficient—those with zero emissions

The Clean Cars hearing Climate & public health activists came together with Philadelphia City officials on June 27th for a citizens hearing on the proposed rollback of CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) Standards and the importance of more efficient cars in the city. The intent of the hearing was to send our testimony to the … Continue reading Yeah, we need more efficient cars; let’s consider the most efficient—those with zero emissions

SEPTA’s new natural gas plant exemplifies environmental racism | Opinion

An op-ed in The Inquirer last week, titled SEPTA's new natural gas plant exemplifies environmental racism | Opinion, by Cindy Bass, for the Inquirer “Race is the biggest indicator in the U.S. of whether you live near toxic waste.” That’s what a Quartz author concluded after reviewing a 2016 study published in the scientific journal Environmental Research … Continue reading SEPTA’s new natural gas plant exemplifies environmental racism | Opinion

6 State Legislators Recognize Environmental Racism, Call To Rescind Air Permit for SEPTA Gas Plant

Just last week, before the 2nd appeal hearing before the L&I Review Board, 6 state legislators recognized environmental racism, and called on the Board to rescind the air permit for SEPTA's polluting gas-fired power plant in Nicetown. Check out the text below, or download a PDF copy. And please thank your legislators! June 8, 2018 Mr. … Continue reading 6 State Legislators Recognize Environmental Racism, Call To Rescind Air Permit for SEPTA Gas Plant

3 events fight for clean air, safe communities, and a livable climate

As summer heats up, groups committed to fight for clean air and water in Pennsylvania are ramping up the pressure on Governor Wolf, state legislators and regulatory agencies to stop pipelines that endanger our communities, halt the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, and make a plan to transition Pennsylvania to clean, renewable energy.  Three important … Continue reading 3 events fight for clean air, safe communities, and a livable climate

A state powered 100% by renewables, by 2050

A state powered 100% by renewables, by 2050. That’s the goal of a bill proposed by my state representative Chris Rabb last November. Since then, it has become a real bill in the PA House (see HB-2132) and Senate (see SB-1140), with over 63 bipartisan co-sponsors. We reviewed this bill and zoomed into their definition … Continue reading A state powered 100% by renewables, by 2050

Gas plant a step backwards, says state rep Rabb

This just in, from our own Rep. Chris Rabb, working with all of us to move PA to 100% renewable energy... See letter and video in support of our efforts. Dear SEPTA Board members We are writing this letter in opposition to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) proposed natural gas power plant to be located … Continue reading Gas plant a step backwards, says state rep Rabb

Climate group raises bar for transit agency

Local climate group, 350 Philadelphia, reviews Energy Action Plan for transit agency, and raises the bar. The feedback was presented at today's SEPTA board meeting, in the form of a letter to the Board, see below. Other groups that wish to sign on to this letter can write to 350philadelphia@gmail.com. The latest version, with list … Continue reading Climate group raises bar for transit agency