Climate Change

Film and Panel Discussion: Managing Climate Risk, July 13

Showing of “Managing Risk in a Changing Climate, narrated by Peter Coyote, followed by a panel with experts from the US Corps of Engineers, Penn State, and Mayor Peduto’s office.

Film … http://wpsu.psu.edu/changingclimate/

Thursday, July 13
5:30 to 6:00 – Sign-in and light refreshments
6:00 to 6:30 – Film Screening
6:30 to 7:30 – Panel Discussion and Q&A
Energy Innovation Center, Covestro BrightSpace
1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Free registration HERE.

250 US Mayors Adopt 100 pct Renewable Energy Resolution by 2035

At the conclusion of the US Mayors Conference on June 26 more than 250 city mayors sent a strong message to the Trump administration and Congress. Not only did they call for full commitment to the Paris Accord and the Clean Power plan, but they resolved that:
The United States Conference of Mayors supports cities establishing a community-wide target of powering their communities with 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors proclaims its commitment to equity, affordability, public participation, and access for all people in America as cities pursue this transition to 100% clean, renewable energy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that priority should be given to the lowest cost measures to meet energy needs including efficiency, weatherization, cogeneration, district heating and cooling, decentralized electricity generation and smart grids/micro grids, the use of industrial waste heat, building controls, automated lighting, solar-powered hot water heaters and programs that create an energy-saving culture in our nation’s cities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that given the economic development, job creation, and job training potential of clean, renewable energy, the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy should include structured mechanisms to include low-income citizens in the benefits to be derived from the transition, including creating quality careers adhering to local source hiring, a just transition for workers displaced by fossil fuel reduction, equitable access through ownership and benefits to create new opportunity for historically marginalized communities, and affordable clean energy options.

U.S. Appeals Court Chides EPA for Attempt to Ease Fracking Methane Regulation

The Trump administration is not getting a free-pass to de-regulate environmental protection. On July 3 the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC ruled 2-1 that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt acted improperly and unreasonably. At issue was the rule concerning methane emissions from new oil and gas operations. As requested by six environmental organizations, the 2016 rule will remain on the books.

France to End Sale of Gasoline and Diesel-Powered Cars by 2040

On July 6 France joined Norway and India in planning to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars. France’s deadline is 2040, but auto maker Volvo has already stated that in 2019 all their new models will be either hybrids or fully electric.

Ireland Set to Ban Onshore Fracking

On June 28 a bill to ban on-shore fracking in Ireland was sent for the Irish president’s signature. As pointed out earlier in the public debate, Ireland is a big flood plain and an extremely bad place to frack. This action follows similar national bans by Germany, France, and Bulgaria.

Locals Joined Environmental and Climate Justice Day of Action on June 10.

 

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As part of a national action calling cities and states to uphold the Paris Agreement and commit to 100 pct renewable energy, on June 10 more than sixty people celebrated Mayor Peduto’s recent announcement that Pittsburgh would move to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

At this local Day of Action in Homewood, against backdrop of solar panels and an urban farm, speakers from various backgrounds including a coal miner from Washington County urged support for all the community groups, businesses, and city leaders working for a just, sustainable, and livable Pittsburgh.

The Day of Action was sponsored by 350 Pittsburgh, Sierra Club Allegheny Group, March for Science Pittsburgh, Penn Environment, and Pittsburgh Climate Movement.

Tell Toomey No EPA Funding Cuts, Tues. June 13

Every week the organization ‘Tuesdays with Toomey’ rallies outside the Pittsburgh office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. The purpose is to protest a range of actions and policies supported by the Senator and deemed detrimental to the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians.

On Tuesday, June 13 the matter of protest will be the Trump Administration’s planned funding cuts at the EPA. Protesters will meet at First Side Park/Grant Street around 12:15-12:30 pm and then walk over to rally in front of the Grant Building at 310 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 until about 1pm.

Third Annual Allegheny SolarFest, Children’s Museum, June 25

This year the annual Allegheny SolarFest is held in conjunction with the first Summer Free Day at the Children’s Museum. The 100 pct solar-powered event will celebrate the power of the sun and explain how to go solar.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sunday, June 25
Buhl Community Park
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way
Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Electric vehicle car show, food trucks, music and information on solar, energy efficiency, solar-powered aquaponics, efficient solar home design, community solar projects and ways to strengthen Pennsylvania’s renewable energy laws.

Outdoor entertainment powered by Zero Fossil:
• 10:15 – 11:45 am: The Chiodi Trio
• 12:15 – 1:30 pm: Buffalo Rose
• 1:45 – 3:00 pm: Brad Yoder

Attendance to SolarFest is free, but please register here.

PEDUTO TO TRUMP: PITTSBURGH WILL MOVE TO 100% CLEAN ENERGY

Pittsburgh, PA. – Just hours after Donald Trump claimed to be represent the voters of Pittsburgh in his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Mayor Bill Peduto today announced his support for a goal of powering Pittsburgh entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2035.
Mayor Peduto joins a growing coalition of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy who have similarly announced support for a goal of powering their communities with 100 percent renewable energy such as wind and solar.

“Donald Trump said he was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, but his misguided decision to withdraw from the Paris climate does not reflect the values of our city,” said Mayor Peduto. “Pittsburgh will not only heed the guidelines of the Paris agreement, we will work to move towards 100 percent clean and renewable energy for our future, our economy, and our people”
Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, an initiative of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign, represents a growing number of mayors from across the country who have endorsed a community-wide goal of transitioning entirely to renewable energy. The full list of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy can be found here.
On Wednesday, Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin along with his Mayors for 100% Clean Energy introduced a landmark resolution to the U.S. Conference of Mayors that would formally establish support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of 100 percent renewable energy in cities nationwide.
“For every terrible decision Trump makes, local leaders like Mayor Peduto are fighting to make sure clean energy continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Today’s announcement shows how grassroots activists, frontline communities, local governments, and concerned people across the United States can and will continue to drive the transition away from fossil fuels to 100% clean and renewable energy,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
“Pittsburgh is the first post-industrial city in the United States to aim to power itself with 100 percent clean energy,” said Eva Resnick-Day, Community Organizer at the Sierra Club. “Our city has always been on the forefront of innovation and today’s announcement by Mayor Peduto shows that we will continue to be.”
Ahead of the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Miami Beach in June, Mayor Peduto’s endorsement serves as a powerful message to the broader mayoral community regarding the opportunity and benefit that city leaders see in the transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
“Pittsburgh knows that our children’s future and the future of our workforce are one and the same,” said Glenn Grayson, Organizer with One PA. “We are working hard to invest in clean energy technology not only for the future of our planet, but for the health of our children, and the health of our economy.”

More than 25 U.S. cities have now committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy.

“Cities can help lead the transition away from dirty fuels to renewable energy, but it will require boldness and ambition to get it done.  I’m proud to stand with my fellow Mayors for 100% Clean Energy to call for a transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy in my community,” said Mayor Peduto.

Movie and Forum: Possible Impact of Shell’s Cracker Plant

How will the operation of a huge Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County affect the health, environment and economy of surrounding communities? To gain some background information, there will be a showing of the PBS documentary ‘Fence Line: A Company Town Divided’ …

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Thursday, May 25
Calvary Episcopal Church
315 Shady Avenue (at Walnut Street)
Pittsburgh Pa 15206

The following panel discussion will include Thaddeus Popovich, engineer and co-founder of Allegheny County Clean Air Now, Terrie Baumgardner, Beaver County Marcellus Shale Awareness Committee, and Matt Mehalik, who teaches environmental policy at CMU’s Heinz School.

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