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California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes

May 9, 2018, By Ivan Penn, New York Times. SACRAMENTO — Long a leader and trendsetter in its clean-energy goals, California took a giant step on Wednesday, becoming the first state to require all new homes to have solar power. The new requirement, to take effect in two years, brings solar power into the mainstream in a (More...)


Parents Concerned About Fracking Near Fox Chapel Schools

By SARAH BODEN • MAY 14, 2018, 90.5 WESA A group of parents from the Fox Chapel School District is concerned about how their children’s health will be affected by hydraulic fracturing in the area. The Range Resources fracking is slated to begin this July at a site in Indiana Township less than 2 miles from elementary and middle schools in the district. There’s growing concern among public health researchers that pollutants from fracking (More...)

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The new power generation: An interview with Ready for 100

By MATT HIGH .  Apr 14, 2018, Energy Digital. The number of renewable cities, driven by forward-thinking communities with a desire for clean energy, is on the rise. Energy Digital speaks to Jodie Van Horn, Director of Ready for 100, part of the United States’ largest and most influential environmental agency, Sierra Club. Renewable cities are here. (More...)


Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Removes Barriers to Solar Growth

Penn Future, (April 19, 2018) Harrisburg, Pa. Today, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) took an important step forward for clean energy, reversing a decision that had allowed out-of-state solar energy projects to count towards in-state credits for renewable and clean energy, thus removing a major barrier that has stalled growth of the Commonwealth’s solar (More...)

These states want to make planning a pipeline protest a crime

Natasha Geiling  APR 16, 2018. ThinkProgress. A slew of proposed bills would impose harsh penalties for planning to trespass near energy infrastructure. As pipeline protests continue to delay and, sometimes, stop energy projects in their tracks, the fossil fuel industry and Republican lawmakers are looking for new ways to clamp down on environmental protest. In the last few years, (More...)

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Pennsylvania ‘rule of capture’ ruling stuns Marcellus drillers

Reported in American Agriculturist, Apr 12, 2018  Source: Marcellus Drilling News. Court ruled that a fracked natural gas well trespassed on Brigg’s unleased land. Last week, the Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a decision that could greatly restrict, even stop, Marcellus drilling in the Keystone State. The court decision disallows using the age-old “rule of (More...)

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This environmental group is launching its own satellite to learn more about greenhouse gas leaks

By Steven Mufson April 11, Washington Post photo credit/caption: A rendering by the Environmental Defense Fund of a methane-detecting satellite. (EDF) When the Environmental Defense Fund told commercial space guru Tom Ingersoll that it wanted to launch a satellite to measure methane from oil and gas operations, he says his reaction was “Whoa! You guys want to do (More...)

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Poll: Most Pennsylvania voters say climate change causing problems now

State IMPACT, MARCH 29, 2018 | 5:00 AM, BY MARIE CUSICK, A majority of Pennsylvania voters agree with the scientific consensus that climate change is causing problems right now, and more than two-thirds say the state should be doing more to address it, according to a Franklin & Marshall College/StateImpact Pennsylvania poll released Thursday. Climate reality Party affiliation and (More...)

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It’s the No. 1 Power Source, but Natural Gas Faces Headwinds

By IVAN PENNMARCH 28, 2018, New York Times.   As environmental concerns drive power companies away from using coal, natural gas has emerged as the nation’s No. 1 power source. Plentiful and relatively inexpensive as a result of the nation’s fracking boom, it has been portrayed as a bridge to an era in which alternative energy (More...)


Sec. Perry thinks Duplicating Louisiana in PA makes sense

From  Rick Perry’s free market energy strategy by John Siciliano,   Washington Examiner, March 20, 2018. “Washington Examiner: There are new market opportunities in Appalachia. There’s a lot of natural gas in Pennsylvania, in Ohio, a lot of liquids in Ohio. Perry: Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia. Washington Examiner: They’re talking about opening refineries for things like ethane, (More...)

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