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,
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 http://pennfuturepodcast.org. "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 http://www.apple.com), and following the onscreen instructions. To automatically receive all PennFuture podcasts as they are posted online, simply type http://pennfuturepodcast.org/rss 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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