The Allegheny Front for the week of

Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2014

Last Thoughts: Where PA Governor Candidates Stand on the Environment

Democrat Tom Wolf is the likely choice for environmentalists disappointed with incumbent Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's positions on a severance tax, fracking regulations, climate change and a slate of other issues. And while it looks likely that Wolf will win tomorrow’s election, those who want him to advance a bold environmental agenda won’t be able to rest on their laurels in the coal state.

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More Study Needed on Fracking and Health Impacts

Several studies are raising alarms that health effects from fracking are real, but whether these will change drilling regulations is unknown. A debate is underway over how much evidence is 'enough' to make conclusions about fracking's health impacts. 

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Corbett and Wolf on Encouraging Renewable Energy

Tom Wolf and Governor Corbett, the two candidates for Pennsylvania governor, have different views on how much to encourage the market for renewable energy.

 

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CMU Author: Increasing Wind and Solar Feasible

As the world confronts climate change, one of the big questions we face is, “How can we produce electricity with fewer emissions?” Jay Apt, director of Carnegie Mellon University's Electricity Industry Center, with Paulina Jaramillo, have literally written the book on renewable energy. 

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Jonas Salk's 100th Birthday Focused on Sustainability

Dr. Jonas Salk is most famous for the defeat of polio, but on the 100th anniversary of Salk's birth, luminaries in the environmental field spoke in Pittsburgh to call attention to Salk's interest in sustainability.

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Activist Won’t Face Fines, Jail in Fight with Gas Company

A Susquehanna County judge ruled Wednesday that 63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will not be fined or jailed for violating a court order designed to keep her away from sites operated by Cabot Oil & Gas.

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PA Governor Candidates on CO2 Cap and Trade

When Pennsylvanians elect a governor in November, they will, in part, be making a choice over how the state should move toward complying with new EPA rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants. One way is by joining with other states in a cap and trade program.

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