Thursday January 25, 2018
If federal government won't act, leaders in Harrisburg should.
U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello was one of 12 House Republicans opposing the Senate proposal to allow oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Yet, in the end, he voted with his party - not honoring his professed beliefs - on a measure that opened up the Arctic for fossil fuel drilling.
Imagine you are the Gwich'in, the indigenous people of the arctic whose way of life is at stake. It's never too late to start respecting the people who were here before us and start honoring the many treaties we have broken.
We should be moving away from fossil fuels, not looking for more opportunities to drill. Instead of embracing renewable energy, our country is maintaining the status quo by leaving the Paris climate agreement and other policies looking for climate solutions.
If we can't depend on our federal government to protect our environment, let's turn to our own state: State Rep. Chris Rabb, a Democrat, and Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, a Republican, recently introduced legislation that would move Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, creating clean energy jobs while cutting pollution.
I urge readers to call on their state legislators to support and co-sponsor this initiative.
Mary Ann Mack
State should push for cleaner engergy