Pennsylvania is the third-highest emitting state in America. With a federal government refusing to address climate change, we need state lawmakers to take bold, rapid action and make the leap to clean energy.
- Lawmakers want PA to aim for 100% clean energy by 2050 – NPR, Apr. 2018
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Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of fracked gas and the third-highest emitting state in the nation. Because of the outsized role our state plays in climate change compared to other states, it means we have a greater responsibility in the fight to reduce emissions.
Despite having the most outdated and least competitive clean energy goals in the region, clean energy job growth continues to outpace fossil fuel jobs in Pennsylvania and represents one of the fastest-growing sectors in our state. In fact, Lehigh County is one of the top 10 counties and home to one of the top 3 metro areas in the state for clean energy jobs. 60% of our energy could come from solar, wind and hydropower today, and PPL recently announced ambitious goals to transition to 70% clean energy by 2050.
Rather than seize this opportunity for our workers, Pat Browne has doubled down on fracking, accepted tens of thousands of dollars from the fossil fuel industry, and even voted to restrict the rights of local communities to control fracking in their own backyards. Today, Pennsylvanians receive just 0.5% of our energy from solar and 4% from renewables in general.
I don’t see climate change as an impossible problem, but as our biggest opportunity to get Pennsylvania working and to lift up our most vulnerable communities — and Lehigh County is uniquely positioned to lead the way. Because of the geography of the Marcellus Shale, our district has no gas to frack and would actually benefit from a 100% clean energy transition. This means every voter in Lehigh County has the economic incentive and strategic advantage to lead a statewide clean energy transition in Pennsylvania. The revolution can start right here.
It’s time to realize our state’s full potential for growth so we aren’t left behind in the booming clean energy transition. And, we can do this in a responsible way that doesn’t exclude fossil fuel workers, but provides training for those in carbon-intensive jobs to be part of the transition. And, by ensuring low-income communities are the first to benefit from economic opportunities generated by this transition, we can simultaneously reverse decades of economic inequality while addressing climate change.
- No eminent domain for corporate gain. Put a moratorium on fracking.
- Update our state clean energy goals to be competitive with neighboring states. Our current goal of 18% by 2021 is the lowest in the region, costing us billions in lost economic development opportunities.
- Invest in clean jobs and STEM training for workers currently working in the fossil fuel industry so they can be part of the transition.
- End fossil fuel subsidies. Taxpayers pay $3 billion a year to the fossil fuel industry only to have their property stolen by eminent domain and their water poisoned. That money would be better invested into communities.
- Ensure low-income communities are the first to receive support for clean energy projects, like community solar and retrofitting green buildings.
- Create more green jobs by updating building codes to make homes and businesses more energy efficient.
Pennsylvania is the second-largest fracking state in the country. The fossil fuel lobby is going to fight back hard to stop us. That's why I'm not counting on their money to win this campaign. Sign your name to help kickstart our movement.