Tuesday December 11, 2018
State too slow to act meaningfully on issues affecting climate.
Thank you for your Dec. 6 editorial (“Report adds to urgency on issue of climate change”). As you correctly point out, we cannot afford to wait for the federal government to act. That’s why it is incumbent upon our state government to take aggressive action on climate. Unfortunately, Gov. Tom Wolf’s tepid responses during an interview on Harrisburg’s WITF suggest his next four years will be as backward on climate as his last.
The report you referenced in your editorial was the U.S. Climate Assessment. In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its assessment that concluded that we have 12 years left to address climate change. The third and most recent report, published on Dec. 5, comes from the Global Carbon Project. It tells us that between 2014 and 2016, carbon emissions flatlined, but that they increased 1.6 percent in 2017 and are projected to rise 2.7 percent in 2018.
Wolf told “Smart Talk” that he’d like to see a cap-and-trade program in Pennsylvania and wants solar to be supplying 10 percent of the state’s power 12 years from now. His goals are wholly inadequate, especially given his work for the past four years to expand the market for the greenhouse gases, methane and ethane. Leaks of these gases occur at every step during their production, processing and transmission.
In Pennsylvania, no amount of solar panels will cancel out the damage we are doing to the climate, and by extension our health, safety, and economy by our continued production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals. It’s time for a statewide ban on fracking.
Editor's note: Feridun is the founder of Berks Gas Truth.
Pennsylvania needs ban on fracking