ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY ISSUES

Climate Change, Energy, and Restructuring The United States is falling behind other top countries when it comes to climate change. A key path forward is action to move the United States to a clean-source, non-fossil fuel burning energy infrastructure. We support:

●  Promotion of alternative energy sources, including their affordability.

●  Participating in the Paris Climate Accord and state-mandated greenhouse gas targets. Twenty states have greenhouse gas targets so far.

● Carbon pricing and taxing. This allows a business to continue but at a lower environmental cost. It encourages finding alternative energy sources. Currently, 10 states have programs like these in place- including Maryland and California.

●  Increased alternative energy requirements. Currently, PA Act 213 signed in 2004 requires that specific, increasing percentages of electricity be obtained from renewable energy resources (mostly solar) over a period of 15 years. We would like to see such programs implemented in other areas outside of electricity.

● Low carbon fuel standards. Two states have implemented to produce cleaner blends of gasoline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

● House Resolution 109; introduced in Federal House. This is a call for a nation-wide program to reduce the effects of climate change while simultaneously addressing inequality. If implemented, this program would change the fundamental basis of America’s business to operating cleanly. It would create thousands of jobs (that are currently being lost anyway as the world naturally turns away from non-renewable energy) and cut costs for everyone and especially those in low-income brackets.   Saving Our Natural Environments Our environments are in danger, even those that are right in our backyards. In order to save our natural Pennsylvania and American beauty, we support:

●  House Bill 139 P.N. 232- Growing Greener III; introduced in PA House. The proposed bill is a resurrection of an older program implemented to conserve Pennsylvania’s natural and threatened environmental areas, as well as restore and create clean and usable recreational spaces for the community.

●  A Marcellus Shale Tax upon extraction. The tax revenue can be used for environmental cleanup or for other programs.  

●  Adequate environmental cleanup everywhere. We support funding programs and helping those impacted by natural disasters, regardless of race or income. We support cleaning up and assisting Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. We also support assisting those in need in Texas and New Jersey after recent hurricanes.

● Ensuring American citizens have access to safe drinking water in their everyday lives and homes. Flint, MI, is still being affected by lead poisoning in water, but many other cities and low-income areas are suffering from unsafe water. Pittsburgh has recently been experiencing this ordeal.  Climate Change, Energy, and Restructuring The United States is falling behind other top countries when it comes to climate change. A key path forward is action to move the United States to a clean-source, non-fossil fuel burning energy infrastructure. We support:

●  Promotion of alternative energy sources, including their affordability.

●  Participating in the Paris Climate Accord and state-mandated greenhouse gas targets. Twenty states have greenhouse gas targets so far.

● Carbon pricing and taxing. This allows business to continue but at a lower environmental cost. It encourages finding alternative energy sources. Currently, 10 states have programs like these in place- including Maryland and California.

●  Increased alternative energy requirements. Currently, PA Act 213 signed in 2004 requires that specific, increasing percentages of electricity be obtained from renewable energy resources (mostly solar) over a period of 15 years. We would like to see such programs implemented in other areas outside of electricity.

● Low carbon fuel standards. Two states have implemented to produce cleaner blends of gasoline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

● House Resolution 109; introduced in Federal House. This is a call for a nation-wide program to reduce the effects of climate change while simultaneously addressing inequality. If implemented, this program would change the fundamental basis of America’s business to operating cleanly. It would create thousands of jobs (that are currently being lost anyway as the world naturally turns away from non-renewable energy) and cut costs for everyone and especially those in low-income brackets.   Saving Our Natural Environments Our environments are in danger, even those that are right in our backyards. In order to save our natural Pennsylvania and American beauty, we support:

●  House Bill 139 P.N. 232- Growing Greener III; introduced in PA House. The proposed bill is a resurrection of an older program implemented to conserve Pennsylvania’s natural and threatened environmental areas, as well as restore and create clean and usable recreational spaces for the community.

●  A Marcellus Shale Tax upon extraction. The tax revenue can be used for environmental cleanup or for other programs.  

●  Adequate environmental cleanup everywhere. We support funding programs and helping those impacted by natural disasters, regardless of race or income. We support cleaning up and assisting Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. We also support assisting those in need in Texas and New Jersey after recent hurricanes.

● Ensuring American citizens have access to safe drinking water in their everyday lives and homes. Flint, MI, is still being affected by lead poisoning in water, but many other cities and low-income areas are suffering from unsafe water. Pittsburgh has recently been experiencing this ordeal.  

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