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Earlier this week, the state agency tasked with overseeing the Commonwealth’s regional parks and forests said it was in the process of generating or buying all of its electricity. Renewable resources in 2030.
of Department of Conservation and Protection of Natural Resources “He said he expects to use it,” he said on Wednesday. 28.7 gigawatts of electricity in 2030 Planning the department to produce Buy 15.5-gigawatt hours and 13.2-gigawatt hours – All from renewable energy sources.
“DCNR’s commitment to sustainability is second to none and we are proud to announce this important step in the Department’s more sustainable use of energy as good stewards of our natural resources.” According to writer Cindy Adams Dunn. “This agency has developed a measured strategic plan to address energy conservation, generation and consumption for utilities that are an integral part of operating public lands.”
The agency currently has 23 solar installation projects Completed on its lands, with Another 18 in design or construction.
“with 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest landAnd 42 million visitors per year Our department uses a lot of energy to maintain operations, visitor services and infrastructure. Deputy Secretary Mike Walsh said. “As a result, our public lands are ideal for demonstrating the benefits of innovative solutions for energy use and reducing our carbon footprint, investing in clean energy for long-term savings, and sharing our successes with the public to encourage Pennsylvanians to consider sustainable options.”
DCNR claims it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 194 metric tons In 2021
As always, below are this week’s top five stories.
1. Trump will not go to jail. This is good news for Democrats Bruce Ledewitz
Democrats know the party has been politically damaged by the FBI search of President Donald Trump’s former home. This August 17 headline from the New York Times, citing the Inflation Reduction Act, says it all. President took a bow, but the spotlight remains on the former boss.
Yet, even with this knowledge, 88 percent of Democrats want Trump impeached for instigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. More than half of Democrats think he will.
Undoubtedly, Democrats hope that state criminal investigations into financial wrongdoing and election meddling will lead to prosecutions.
And now there is concrete evidence that Trump violated the law by possessing “top secret” documents when his home was searched. Since no one is above the law, there must be a criminal case now.
2. The bill that would end Sunday’s ban on football and baseball passes the House
Steelers and Eagles fans rejoice! Sunday Night Football may soon be legal in Pennsylvania.
The state House on Monday approved legislation that would have repealed a nearly century-old law that would have fined $10 for violations between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Matthew Dowling, R-Fayette, said the bill is part of an effort to clean up the state’s antiquated laws.
“Our common society has thousands of rules on the books. Most of these acts were enacted several decades ago and are simply antiquated and not applicable in the 21st century. Additionally, the existence of these outdated laws contributes to the already complex and confusing nature of government, Dowling said in a co-sponsored memo.
3. Dems shouldn’t get their midterm hopes high (even if John Fetterman wins) | Fletcher McClellan
Soon, Democrats faced long odds to retain their majority in Congress after the November midterm elections.
Now, Democrats are the favorite to control the US Senate. Additionally, with Democratic successes in recent special elections, including a surprise victory in Alaska, party leaders believe they could upset predictions of Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democrats have good reasons for their optimism. After the US Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization In June, voter registration by women increased across the country after the decision that ended abortion rights. Kansas voters reject efforts to limit abortion protections.
4. Report: PA has 2nd highest number of people serving life without parole in US | Tuesday morning coffee
A A new study paints a fascinating picture Racial disparities in Pennsylvania prisons among people serving life without parole or 50 or more years to life. At 8,242 people, the state has the second-highest number of incarcerated individuals in the country, but also in the world, according to a new study by a legal aid group. Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity.
PlsIt conducted the study in conjunction with the , which provides free legal advice and representation to low-income Philadelphians. Lt. Gov. John Fettermanwho are the Chairman of the State Board of Pardons. FettermanIn the year A Democratic candidate for the US Senate in 2022, he has made reforming Pennsylvania’s parole system one of the top priorities of his term.
5. No, John Fetterman does not wear a tie. And you should stop talking about that John L. Mich
So, this is not a “John Fetterman” column. And you know what we’re talking about here.
After more than two years on the statewide political stage, there’s a well-established journalistic brief for Pennsylvania’s new lieutenant governor.
It’s the formula, “Black clothes, bald head, tattoos, the buffalo is tall but skinny, a cheerleader for the struggling iron town of Braddock, Pa.” He’s launched a thousand profiles — including his latest at NYMag.com.
And while all of that is true about Fetterman, it often feels like the media branding obscures the real man behind the government’s Tom Wolfe second-in-command.
And that’s the week. See you back here next week.