HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizens for
Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) praised Pennsylvania Senator Edwin
Erickson (R-Delaware) and Representative Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) at a
press conference today where they announced that they were introducing
legislation to combat the state's contribution to global warming.
"American patriot and philosopher Tom Paine once said, 'Lead, follow or
get out of the way,'" said John Hanger, President and CEO of PennFuture.
"Today's the day Pennsylvania leads on global warming, thanks to the vision
and actions of Senator Erickson and Representative Vitali and 80 other
members of the legislature. The bills introduced today will move
Pennsylvania from one of the largest contributors to global warming -
making more of the pollution that causes climate change than 105 countries
combined - to one of the leaders in solving the problem.
"The Erickson/Vitali bills are good for both the environment and the
economy," continued Hanger. "Reducing pollution that causes global warming
gives our state an opportunity to create jobs and save our citizens energy
and money. By creating a framework to assess the problem and an action plan
for fixing the problem, Pennsylvania will be in the forefront of producing
the technology, the information and the other fixes needed to overcome the
problem. And with a fully transparent, inclusive and well thought-out
process, the legislation also shows a good deal of another Tom Paine trait,
PennFuture runs the Cool Pennsylvania Campaign, a statewide coalition
effort to combat global warming, with specific outreach to faith
communities. Members of the campaign were active in working to make today's
legislation a reality.
PennFuture, the state's first public interest organization to be carbon
neutral in all activities, balances any activity which contributes to
global warming - driving, flying, heating, shipping, holding meetings - by
purchasing clean energy offsets from Pennsylvania companies and projects.
PennFuture has long used only renewable electricity to power its four
offices, with the Harrisburg office also producing green energy with a
solar power plant on the roof. The plant is connected to the PPL electric
distribution grid, and the extra electricity is delivered back to the grid.
PennFuture has also installed a state-of-the-art device, invented by
PennFuture member Stan Budney, which increases the efficiency of its
Harrisburg building's electric heat pump heating and cooling system.
PennFuture uses up to 20 percent less electricity with this digital load
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization that
advances policies to protect and improve the state's environment and
economy. With offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and West
Chester, PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory
bodies and in local, state and federal courts, advocating and advancing
legislative action on a state and federal level, public education and
assisting citizens in public advocacy.
SOURCE Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)