The Keystone State’s Slide into Energy Poverty

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Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) tells us that:

“Pennsylvania is the birthplace of commercial oil production, thanks to Colonel Edwin L. Drake. Drake drilled the first well specifically intended to produce oil in Titusville, Pa., in 1859. His success launched a global industry upon which most of our modern lives depend.”

Pennsylvania is blessed to lie in the heart of the Appalachian basin, where, in 2004, the discovery of the Marcellus shale in Washington County led to the widescale development of organic-rich shales a mile or deeper.

But all this is now under threat from opportunistic politicians who are bowing to environmental extremists who want to end the state’s use of its magnificent fossil fuel resources. Leading the surrender is none other than current Pennsylvania governor, Tom Wolf. Writing in the Pittsburgh-based Trib Total Media, energy expert Gordon Tomb, Senior Fellow with The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives and senior advisor for the CO2 Coalition, explains:

“After a protracted battle with lawmakers, Gov. Tom Wolf’s unilateral push to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) now moves forward. At-risk are tens of thousands of jobs, including private union jobs held by people that contributed to his reelection in 2018. It’s a strange reality amid the growing disconnect between politicians and blue-collar workers.”

Join Gordon, Jay, and Tom this week to learn how Pennsylvania, once the state renowned for advancing America’s energy independence, is now sliding into an energy disaster that will hurt all its citizens. Tomb concludes, “The slide will continue unless Republicans manage to win an important court case or elect a Republican governor this fall.”

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Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

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