Category Archives: Energy

The Onion: ExxonMobile and Chevron Locked in Bidding War for Pat Toomey

File under “barely false”: With both sides increasing their initial offers for the prized asset, multinational energy companies ExxonMobil and Chevron Corporation are currently locked in a fierce bidding war to obtain a lucrative Pennsylvania senator, sources confirmed Monday. “This … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Issues, US Senate

#PAGov: Tom Steyer Should Target the State Senate

It’s awesome that we finally have a billionaire political activist, Tom Steyer, playing for the good guys in PA, but apart from the DEP appointment, the Governor race isn’t really the most important focal point for getting Pennsylvania to do … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, State House, State Senate

#PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak

I don’t want this piece to be misconstrued as my official public support of Tom Wolf, but as I was reading Politics PA’s piece the other night about the recent attack by the PA GOP on Wolf’s business record, I had to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Civil Rights, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Health, Labor and Unions, LGBT / Gay Rights, Miscellany, Social Services

Conspicuous Natural Gas Product Placement on Meet the Press

Those of us who reluctantly watch television news programs, despite their corporate undertones, know that the natural gas lobby spends a pretty penny to advertise their product. That’s expected, but it was disconcerting to see product placement wend its way … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment

Cities Actually Have a Lot of Control Over Climate Change

I wrote about the C40 Cities initiatve at Next City a couple weeks back, and now Atlantic Cities has a piece up with some cool charts showing how much power Mayors around the world feel they have over key local … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Land Use, Philadelphia 2015, Transportation

Comcast Getting Into the Electric Utility Market

There isn’t a ton of political meat on this story, but I’m sharing it here because it’s related to the push for a smart grid. On a call with reporters to discuss DEFG’s report, Annual Baseline Assessment of Choice in Canada … More after the jump

Posted in Energy

Another Huge Environmental Issue Ignored in #PAGov Sustainability Forum

Coal fly ash is a radioactive and extremely dangerous material, but one of the most frustrating things I know about is that there are no federal regulations governing its storage or transport, because coal companies still rule our politics. That … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Governor

Kathleen Kane Wins Criminal Charges Against Exxon for Illegal Dumping of Fracking Waste

Here’s why you show up to vote for Democrats every year. A Republican Attorney General never would’ve filed criminal charges against Exxon over this. Republicans and gas industry shills freaked out when Kathleen Kane pursued the criminal angle, but it … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment

Corbett Nominates Another Climate Denier to DEP

DERP: :“I’ve not read any scientific studies that would lead me to conclude there are adverse impacts to human beings, animals, or plant life at this small level of climate change,” Abruzzo said. Abruzzo told the committee he does believe … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Governor