Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update

first_img Efficiency,  Energy,  Government Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today accepted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update that details how increasing energy efficiency in all sectors and at all levels will play a key role in reducing Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions by target year 2030.The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 mandated the Climate Change Action Plan in 2009 as well as updates every three years. The 2015 update presents data from the EPA State Inventory Tool for 2000 through 2012 (the most recent data available), showing an overall decrease of 15.93 percent in net emissions, reflecting a shift by some power plants from coal to natural gas, as well as the success of Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency programs. Overall, Pennsylvania’s total greenhouse emissions are projected to be lower in 2030 than in 2000, with reductions in the residential, commercial, transportation, agriculture and waste sectors.“Addressing climate change and the real impact on the health of our citizens, the costs of our businesses and the environment must be a priority for not just the commonwealth, but all sectors,” Governor Wolf said.The update presents 13 work plans to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. An economic analysis of the work plans included in the Plan shows that the majority have the potential to generate not only greenhouse gas emissions reductions but also significant improvements in total employment, total income and real disposable personal income.With Pennsylvania being the third largest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the country, additional reductions are needed. Pennsylvania will be 3°C (5.4°F) warmer by 2050 than it was in 2000, according to the 2015 Climate Impacts Assessment Report by the Penn State University Environment and Natural Resources Institute. The result will be dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain insect-borne diseases, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality.“The consequences of inaction on climate change will be felt by all Pennsylvanians,” said DEP Acting Secretary McDonnell, “It will affect the food we grow, the energy we use, our recreation, and even our health.”The majority of work plans in the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update focus on energy efficiency measures. The greatest emissions reductions would be achieved by holding new buildings to an emissions performance standard 60 percent lower than the regional average. Sizable emissions reduction would also be attained by continuing Act 129 of 2008, which requires utilities to come up with plans to encourage energy efficiency among their customers, through 2031.Other work plans address coal mine methane recovery, the latest building energy codes, heating oil conservation and fuel switching, combined heat and power systems, ground source heat pumps, energy technical assistance for manufacturers, tree-planting programs, energy efficiency financing for homeowners, semi-truck adaptations, and anaerobic manure digesters.The plans were created in partnership with the Climate Change Advisory Committee, whose members include the secretaries of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Department of Community and Economic Development; the chair of the Public Utilities Commission; and Governor’s Office and legislative appointees. All plans were voted on, with most approved unanimously.The Center for Climate Strategies conducted macroeconomic analyses to determine the potential costs, benefits, and job impacts of the work plans. In addition to environmental benefits, the analysis shows economic benefits, including increased jobs.Highlighting the important role that all Pennsylvanians play in helping to lower emissions, the update includes 25 actions individuals can take, including lowering their energy use, finding energy efficiency financing, reducing food waste, and planting trees to absorb carbon.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update August 22, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Loss to San Diego Padres exposes two of the Dodgers’ weaknesses

first_img“My split was fine today,” Haren said. “I made one mistake with it and Amarista hit it out. I’m not getting away with much.”Since it’s July, and since the Dodgers’ shortcomings weren’t isolated to one night, they will be viewed through the prism of the trade deadline. Players can be traded without having to pass through waivers for another 20 days.Haren’s recent struggles, and Josh Beckett’s left hip injury, raise the probability that the Dodgers will attempt to acquire a starting pitcher. Mattingly downplayed any cause for concern over the two pitchers, as is his habit.“I have confidence in Danny,” Mattingly said. “Josh is doing well. I’m not too worried.”The team-wide struggles to defend center field can’t be ignored either.Van Slyke, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are all below zero in terms of Ultimate Zone Rating and FanGraphs’ version of defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR). These are the only outfielders who have played center field for the Dodgers this season.For those in the prospect cult clamoring for 22-year-old Joc Pederson to be promoted from Triple-A, there is a tantalizing center fielder already in the organization. But Pederson’s defense is unproven at the major-league level. The Dodgers might look to deal Pederson and/or another outfielder for a more proven defender, or a pitcher.Haren, historically a better pitcher after the All-Star break, might be on the trading block himself. By pitching another 67 1/3 innings this season, his $10 million option for next season kicks in. If he’s traded, the option increases to $11 million, and that might make him more valuable to the Dodgers than another team.If the status quo continues, the Dodgers might survive into October anyway. The loss, their third in four games, dropped their record to 52-43. Because of the San Francisco Giants’ 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers are in a virtual tie with the Giants (51-42) for first place in the National League West.A line-drive single by Kemp in the bottom of the first inning scored Yasiel Puig with the game’s first run. The Dodgers never led again. Amarista’s home run in the second inning put the Padres ahead, 2-1. It was the 19th home run Haren has allowed this season, tied for second in the National League.The Dodgers had a couple chances to at least tie the Padres late. With Dee Gordon on third base and Puig on second, Adrian Gonzalez lofted a fly ball to left field, deep enough to score Gordon with the Dodgers’ third run.Puig tagged up and unwisely tried to take third base on Gonzalez’s fly ball. Headley cut off Quentin’s throw from left field and easily tagged out Puig, completing a rare 7-5 double play that ended the seventh inning.With two outs in the eighth inning, the Dodgers loaded the bases against Joaquin Benoit. But Carl Crawford grounded out on a 97-mph fastball to end the inning.Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 24th save.Crawford’s pinch-hit appearance in the fifth inning was his first plate appearance since going on the disabled list May 20. Hanley Ramirez, scratched from the starting lineup because of shoulder inflammation, served as a decoy in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning. He didn’t bat when Puig ran into the inning-ending double play. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Even when Dan Haren managed to contain a long fly ball to the warning track Friday, it didn’t land in an outfielder’s glove.That’s not quite accurate. In the fifth inning Scott Van Slyke turned and ran for the fences, reached up at the last second with his back to home plate, stuck out his left arm and momentarily gloved a 390-foot Chase Headley smash. As soon as the miraculous catch appeared, it was gone in a flash like a flailing, bearded supernova.The ball bounced in and out of Van Slyke’s glove for a double. The San Diego Padres scored again and soon, Haren was finished. So were the Dodgers.San Diego won, 6-3, beating the Dodgers for the third time in eight meetings this season.center_img Haren (8-6) allowed four runs in four innings. He didn’t retire any of the three batters he faced in the fifth: Seth Smith singled, Headley doubled off Van Slyke’s glove to score Smith, and Carlos Quentin doubled to score Headley.“I’ve felt good the last few times out and most of them have not been very good,” Haren said. “I don’t know. I’m searching right now. I went through a similar thing last year. The All-Star break came and I was able to kind of turn the page and string together some good ones. “I’m going to step back for a day or two. It’s been an up and down first half.”Haren’s earned-run average, 3.57 at the end of June, has ballooned to 4.23 over his last two starts.He showed no sign of reversing the trend early. He walked a batter in the first inning and allowed a home run to lilliputian shortstop Alexi Amarista in the second. last_img read more

NFL rumor roundup: Le’Veon Bell to Jets; Earl Thomas, Mark Ingram join Ravens

first_imgThe NFL’s new league year went off with a bang.The calendar officially flipped at 4 p.m. EST, and things quickly got kicked off as Eric Berry was cut from Kansas City shortly after. From there, more rumors and official signings began to pour in.Here’s a list of Wednesday’s biggest moves:— Le’Veon Bell got things started early Wednesday morning, as it was reported just after midnight that the former Steelers running back agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets that includes $35 million guaranteed. Related News — DeSean Jackson is headed back to Philadelphia after the Eagles confirmed they acquired the wide receiver and a 2020 seventh-round draft choice from the Buccaneers for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice.— Antonio Brown was formally introduced by the Raiders after he hinted the blockbuster trade over the weekend, though the former Steelers wide receiver was late to his own press conference. — After sending social media into a frenzy Tuesday, the Browns confirmed their acquisition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants. He reunites with longtime friend and former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry.— The Raiders added another playmaker by signing former Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, who drew interest from the Steelers, Browns and Colts leading up to his agreement with Oakland.— The McCourty twins are staying in Foxborough, as the Patriots signed Jason McCourty to a new two-year deal after acquiring the cornerback in a trade with the Browns last offseason. His brother, Devin, has spent his entire career in New England.— Adrian Peterson, who signed with Washington last August, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he is signing a two-year deal to return to the Redskins. It is reportedly worth $8 million.— Just minutes after it was reported that the Ravens signed Earl Thomas to a four-year deal, news broke that Baltimore also signed running back Mark Ingram to a three-year contract worth a reported $15 million. Both deals have since been confirmed by the team.— The Bills inked Frank Gore to a one-year deal worth a reported $2 million. He joins LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory to give Buffalo the oldest backfield in the league with the three most seasoned rushers.center_img NFL free agency rumors: Tevin Coleman going to 49ers NFL trade news: DeSean Jackson headed back to Eagleslast_img read more

Auditor seeks more info on governor’s COVID-19 data tool

first_imgDES MOINES — State Auditor Rob Sand is asking Governor Kim Reynolds to provide the public more information about the 12-point scale she’s using to monitor the spread of COVID-19 — and decide if, when and where she might order a shelter-in-place order.“This tool is being used to guide life and death decisions,” Sand said. “Life and death decisions deserve answers — good ones.”Last week, Reynolds and the deputy director of the Iowa Department of Public Health said after 9/11, state officials began developing plans for responding to a variety of disasters. They said the state epidemiologist has tailored the tool for this pandemic using Centers for Disease Control guidance. Reynolds yesterday told reporters Iowa isn’t like New York or New Jersey and it would be “irresponsible” to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order.“We’re doing it on a community, county, region basis,” Reynolds said during her daily news conference. “…By using these metrics, then, we will be able to, if we hit a certain point where we think we have to take additional actions or additional steps, we can do that.”Sand, a Democrat, said giving Iowans more information will help them make better informed decisions about their actions during the pandemic. Reynolds, a Republican, has said every Iowan needs to take responsibility for their health and the health of others and stay home.last_img read more