Last week, the Philadelphia Gas Commission voted 3 to 1 to OK the Passyunk Energy Center. The supporting Commissioners were Derek Green, Curtis Jones and Gene Brown. Green and Jones are also Philadelphia City Council members. The lone dissenting voice was that of City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. Jocelyn Hill abstained. This vote was cast despite … Continue reading Resistance to the proposed Passyunk Energy Center
The City of Philadelphia would like to sign a PPA (power purchase agreement) for 70 MW of solar in central PA. The electricity from this solar farm would power about 22% of our current municipal electricity needs, and matches the current price paid for electricity from fossil fuels. It will be a 20 year commitment. … Continue reading Largest Solar Project in our State – It’s a Big Deal
In mid-September, the Philadelphia Inquirer alerted us that our city’s publicly owned gas utility, PGW, has signed a deal to move forward with a LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility at its Passyunk plant. 350 Philly and allies are challenging this project, because it will expand the production and use of fossil fuels. The rapidly … Continue reading The Passyunk Energy Center?! Just Say No!
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, 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
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!
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
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
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
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