Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. Must Focus on Bolstering Its Environmental Laws

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. Must Focus on Bolstering Its Environmental Laws

Article excerpt

Now with the appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, there is renewed urgency to hold Pennsylvania officials accountable for protecting our environment and moving away from the fossil fuels that are leading to irreversible climate change. Mr. Pruitt's proven ties with the oil and gas industry and the Koch brothers have shown him to be the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse, ready to dismantle the EPA and sell the people's right to a safe and healthy environment to the highest corporate bidder.

We have to face the fact that our region is particularly vulnerable to environmental degradation from coal-fired plants and widespread fracking, which releases the potent greenhouse gas methane and pollutes our streams and even recently has been linked to earthquakes in our region. …

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