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180 U.S. Mayors Call for Use of Solar Power

PennEnvironment, April 5, 2018

More PA mayors sign solar power letter than any other state

[Philadelphia, PA] — A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Pennsylvania, are speaking out in support of solar energy. Pennsylvania had more support than any other state in the nation, with 43 signers from municipalities across the Commonwealth.

In a letter released today by the citizen-based non-profit environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment, the mayors resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun.

“Support for solar power continues to gain traction in the eyes of the public,” said Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate for PennEnvironment. “We applaud Pennsylvania mayors for hearing that call to action and rising to the occasion.”

43 Pennsylvania mayors signed the letter, including Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Mayor Theodore Streeter of Gettysburg, and Mayor Matthew Shorraw of Monessen….

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Donald Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Nuclear Poker


As if the world didn’t already have enough to worry about! Nuclear contamination, stirring up Russia and China “for political purposes”? Shades of Mr. Kim! Back to the sandbox bully era of Bush II and Saddam Hussein.

By W.J. Hennigan, Time, February 1, 2018

At a vast tract of uninhabited desert in southern Nevada, hundreds of moonlike craters dimple the wasteland, remnants of Cold War nuclear explosions that melted the bedrock and fused the sand to ensure that America could take part in the unthinkable: global thermonuclear war. The crowds of scientists and generals are long gone–the U.S. hasn’t tested a nuke since 1992, when then President George H.W. Bush declared a self-imposed testing moratorium. But the Nevada National Security test site is not completely abandoned. A skeleton crew of custodians oversees the long dormant facility, less than 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, standing by to turn the lights back on if the day ever comes.

It may come sooner than many thought….

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Brandywine Battlefield 1, Free Markets 0: Scrapped Chester County housing development a sign of hope for hallowed Revolutionary War site

opinion by Maria Panaritis, The Inquirer, January 5, 2018 — 6:36 PM EST

It was a firefight so consequential that the British sent Gen. George Washington and his troops fleeing and captured Philadelphia just two weeks later. Philly also lost its status as the nation’s capital because of it.

In the annals of local and American history, in other words, the daylong Battle of Brandywine in 1777 was one of the largest of the Revolutionary War. But measured by national parks, monuments, and museums, Brandywine is the forgotten stepchild of the war that introduced the world to modern-day democratic rule.

Until, quite possibly, now.

A few days before New Year’s, residents of Westtown Township, Chester County, cheered as their elected officials spiked a planned Toll Bros. housing development on a 322-acre privately owned parcel known as Crebilly Farm, where portions of the famous battle were believed to have been waged….

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Urge Governor Wolf to Halt the Mariner East II Pipeline

from Clean Air Council, December 22nd, 2017

The construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline has caused over 100 drilling-fluid spills and has contaminated drinking water supplies, streams, and wetlands in many locations across Pennsylvania. Senator Dinniman has called on Governor Wolf to halt construction of the pipeline until residents’ concerns are addressed. Dinniman’s call for a halt was joined by Senator Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky, with calls from Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.

Call Governor Wolf right now at 717-787-2500 to urge him to halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline. We are working with partner groups to try to get 1,000 calls to Wolf by the new year. Please add your voice now.

Use the script below for guidance. Please leave a message so your call can count.

PLEASE CLICK HERE, FILL OUT YOUR INFORMATION & CLICK “SUBMIT” to help us keep count of how many participated.

call script:

My name is [NAME] from [Town, County] and I am calling to support Senators Dinniman and Rafferty and Representatives Milne, Comitta, and Krueger-Braneky in their request that you take a leadership role and halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline due to its public safety and environmental risks. Congressman Meehan and Representative Corbin have called for a thorough re-evaluation of the project.

As governor, you are in a unique position to protect the environment for current and future generations and have an obligation to ensure public health and safety. I urge you to heed the call of a growing number of constituents and elected officials and immediately halt construction of the Mariner East II pipeline until an impartial re-evaluation of the environmental and safety risks is complete.

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