PennFuture Launches Podcasts and Blog With Series From UN Global Warming Conference and Reports on Pennsylvania Legislature's Clean Vehicles Fight

Interviews include NPR's Steve Curwood, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman,

Pennsylvania State Senator Vince Fumo, State Representative David J. Steil,


Dec 19, 2005, 00:00 ET from PennFuture

    PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
 (PennFuture) today formally launched the organization's podcasts and blog,
 called "Voices of Pennsylvania's Future," with two timely series - one, a six-
 part series from the United Nation's Global Warming Conference, held earlier
 this month in Montreal, Canada; and another from Harrisburg, featuring details
 on the attempt by some members of the legislature to demolish Pennsylvania's
 Clean Vehicles Program, and the complete press conference by a bi-partisan
 group of legislators determined to protect the program. The podcasts and blog
 are available at
     "We are delighted to bring our message to a new generation of supporters
 through our podcasts and blog," said John Hanger, president and CEO of
 PennFuture. "And it gives our staff and volunteers a terrific chance to spread
 the word that every environmental victory grows the economy, and to fulfill
 our mission -- to create a just future where nature, communities and the
 economy thrive.
     "Joy Bergey, our global warming outreach coordinator, did a wonderful job
 in Montreal, both representing the interests of Pennsylvania's citizens, and
 corralling speakers to appear on our inaugural podcasts," continued Hanger.
 "Despite the refusal of the U.S. State Department to cooperate with the
 conferees, Joy really brought home the breadth of support for action on global
 warming, not just in other parts of the globe, but here in Pennsylvania, too.
 Her podcasts feature Pennsylvanians famous, such as State Representative Greg
 Vitali, and not so famous, such as the former Scranton resident now working
 with the Inuits; U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), detailing his plans to
 move legislation through the Congress; the Deputy Mayor of London, talking
 about the new congestion tax, which has worked wonders to clean up London's
 air; Inuit and Ponca tribe activists and religious leaders. And, in a clear
 case of turn about being fair play, Joy also interviewed Steve Curwood -- the
 executive producer and host of National Public Radio's award-winning weekly
 environmental news program Living On Earth.
     "Our clean cars postings and podcast by PennFuture Vice President Jan
 Jarrett bring light to an issue that is mostly generating heat in Harrisburg,"
 continued Hanger. "We hope visitors will explore the site, and post comments
 to the blog. In this way, we hope to help restore participation to our
 democracy in Pennsylvania."
     For the uninitiated, podcasts are short interviews or commentary that can
 be automatically downloaded to a desktop, an iPod, other MP3 players and even
 some cell phones. Podcasts can be audio (like radio) or video (like
 television). A blog, which is short for weblog, is a public commentary/debate,
 often posted in conjunction with podcasts. Anyone can submit comments to the
 blog, although a valid email address is required. The current easiest way to
 find podcasts is by downloading free software (such as iTunes, from, and following the onscreen instructions. To
 automatically receive all PennFuture podcasts as they are posted online,
 simply type into the software. PennFuture
 podcasts are listed in iTunes and most other podcast directories.
     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, West Chester and Pittsburgh,
 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.

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