Environment

A new poll from Franklin & Marshall College shows few Pennsylvanians are confident in their knowledge of climate change. 

Some lawmakers and environmental groups are calling on the Wolf administration to strengthen a proposed regulation that aims to curb emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane before the rule comes up for a final vote. But the proposal exempts tens of thousands of low-producing wells.

Last summer a statewide grand jury found state regulators failed to protect the public from the health effects of fracking. Democratic state senators are now pushing to turn the report’s recommendations into law.

Environmentalists hope some bipartisan efforts that haven’t become law will get another chance in 2021. Advocates, however, question whether lawmakers have the will to do it.

Pennsylvania is one step closer to joining a regional program meant to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


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