Praise for Gov. Wolf’s Action to Combat Climate Crisis

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 07, 2019 Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Advocacy groups, leaders and neighboring states praised Governor Tom Wolf for signing an executive order Thursday that begins the steps necessary for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade program that limits carbon dioxide emissions.“Pennsylvania innovation powered the industrial revolution, and now we will be a leader in powering a cleaner Earth,” said Gov. Wolf. “I’m proud to be joining our neighbors in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in our region while continuing to build a robust energy sector.”Groups and individuals that have praised Gov. Wolf’s executive order include:New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy“Thrilled to welcome @PennsylvaniaGov to RGGI! In the face of federal inaction, it’s more important than ever for states to tackle climate change and build clean energy economies together. Thank you, @GovernorTomWolf, for joining this fight for a more sustainable future.”New York Governor Andrew Cuomo“We are in a race to save the planet. It’s great to have @governortomwolf and our PA neighbors join us in one of the most effective efforts to transition to the clean energy economy.”Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg“Great to see @GovernorTomWolf and PA take a major step on climate pollution. While the Trump Administration tries to drag us backwards, states and cities are pressing ahead.”National Wildlife Federation President Collin O’Mara“Incredible climate leadership displayed by @GovernorTomWolf directing @PennsylvaniaDEP to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative! This is a common-sense, economically-sound approach that will both reduce carbon pollution & create well-paying jobs.”Sierra Club“Big news out of Pennsylvania this morning! We applaud @GovernorTomWolf for signing an executive order that will kick-start the process of Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”Penn Future“PennFuture was proud to stand with Gov. Wolf as he signed an executive order to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa“Today’s executive order is a strong display of leadership from the Governor on one of the most serious issues facing Pennsylvania, this nation, and the world. Leadership from the federal government is not coming on climate change, and we can’t afford to wait.“I introduced Senate Bill 15 as a legislative option for Pennsylvania to join RGGI, and I’ll continue to push for that. I stand with Governor Wolf and all champions for clean air as we work together to find creative, forward-thinking solutions for Pennsylvania.”Sen. John Yudichak“I applaud Governor Wolf for initiating the important conversation about Pennsylvania’s entry into RGGI which will put Pennsylvania at the forefront of addressing climate change. Climate change is a real, priority level one threat to our environment that deserves the full attention of the legislature that this executive action will require. As DEP begins their outreach, it will be vitally important for them to have an open dialogue with the legislature and I look forward to participating in discussions to effectively and swiftly deal with climate change.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney“Our state will be a leader in addressing this climate emergency—one of the most critical issues in the world today.“Thank you to @GovernorTomWolf for taking this bold and necessary step.”Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto“By creating a market-based approach for investment in building energy efficiency, locally-sourced clean and renewable power generation and emissions reduction, Governor Wolf is helping to further innovation, create green jobs and respond strongly to the challenge of climate change.“Locally, Pennsylvania’s inclusion in RGGI will provide Pittsburgh a great resource to help advance the City’s 2030 climate targets of 50 percent emissions reduction and 100 percent renewable energy.”Clean Air Council Executive Director and Chief Counsel Joseph Otis Minott Esq.“Clean Air Council strongly supports Governor Wolf’s Executive Order on RGGI announced this morning, and we thank him for showing leadership on this critical issue. The administration has considerable and flexible legal authority under the Air Pollution Control Act to take this step, and we applaud the governor for doing so. Climate change is an existential threat to us all, and we are already seeing the devastating impacts play out across Pennsylvania each and every day. With one of the dirtiest electric power sectors in the country, Pennsylvania starting down the path of joining RGGI represents real progress in our efforts to achieve Governor Wolf’s emissions reduction goals.“Our power sector is responsible for over one-third of Pennsylvania’s net greenhouse gas emissions and, for deep decarbonization efforts to work, the electric sector is absolutely key to the process. We have also seen other RGGI states make critical investments in solar, wind, and energy efficiency, while achieving broad-based benefits for their residents. We look forward to working with the Wolf administration and all stakeholders as this important rulemaking process moves ahead, achieving similar successes that benefit all Pennsylvanians, especially low-income ratepayers.”Natural Resources Defense Council“Great news out of PA! Turning away from its fossil fuel past, the Keystone State is preparing to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—a significant win for our climate and public health.”Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania Member and Senior Vice President of Framatome Inc. Tony Robinson“Members of our statewide coalition thank Gov. Wolf for his leadership on this critical issue. Pennsylvania is the fourth-largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions in the nation, so joining RGGI is a logical and commendable step for Pennsylvania. We further believe this has great potential to properly value the carbon-free benefits of nuclear energy in the Commonwealth and could perhaps be part of the solution that would prevent the premature closure of the Beaver Valley Power Station now scheduled for 2021.”Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) Executive Director Matt Elliott“KEEA applauds Governor Wolf for taking this bold step for Pennsylvania’s energy future. As a trade association representing nearly 70 companies engaged in the energy efficiency industry, KEEA member businesses stand ready to help meet the goals of the climate policy by helping Pennsylvania businesses and households save on their energy bills with more efficient appliances, buildings, lighting, and more.“By not participating in RGGI, Pennsylvania has been leaving money on the table and forgoing economic development opportunities for years. But we have to get this right: investing RGGI revenue back into energy efficiency programs for businesses and residents is the only way to save consumers money and grow the economy while maximizing reductions to carbon pollution. We look forward to working with Governor Wolf and the Legislature to seize this opportunity and make an historic investment into energy efficiency in Pennsylvania.”Clean Power PA Coalition“Today’s announcement is one we had been hoping was the next step in Governor Wolf’s plan to make Pennsylvania a leader on climate solutions, following an Executive Order setting carbon emissions reduction goals for the first time as well as a commitment to participation in the U.S. Climate Alliance. We look forward to working with Governor Wolf to ensure the success of RGGI in Pennsylvania and a brighter future for all its residents.”Pennsylvania Environmental Council“Governor Wolf’s proposal to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Initiative (RGGI), announced today, is the first concrete and meaningful step that the Commonwealth has taken to directly address its role in exacerbating climate change. For that, the Governor is to be congratulated.”PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center Executive Director David Masur“We applaud Gov. Wolf for this important act. RGGI is a valuable program that offers key mechanisms for reducing pollution and fighting climate change. Joining our neighboring states to the north, east and south in this alliance can create a healthier, more vibrant region with clean air that transcends borders.“After the climate strikes and U.N. Climate Summit in recent weeks, many Pennsylvanians wondered what could be done right here in our state. Gov. Wolf is providing a bold answer. Given a choice between living in the past with dirty fuels or being on the right side of history, Pennsylvania’s leaders are showing they’re ready to do what’s right and protect our communities and future generations across the state.”Environment America Research & Policy Center Senior Director for Global Warming Solutions Campaign Andrea McGimsey“The expected announcement by Gov. Wolf marks a key milestone for Pennsylvania. RGGI has proven to be a crucial tool in reducing pollution from fossil fuel power plants, and it is a critical and significant response to global warming.“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we need to fight it with every tool at our disposal. The expansion of RGGI is a big step forward, but we can’t stop there. We call on Pennsylvania’s leaders to build on this momentum and take the next logical steps, including a stronger commitment to renewable energy and climate-friendly transportation. With those efforts, the commonwealth can solidify its position as a national leader on this vital issue.”Conservation Voters of PA Executive Director Josh McNeil“For centuries, Pennsylvania has been among the world’s worst carbon polluters, but today Governor Wolf took a vital step towards a better future. Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will make our Commonwealth cleaner and more prosperous, while offering hope to our kids and grandkids. There is still tremendous work to do to implement this plan and miles to go to stave off climate change, but when future generations look back and judge our actions, today will be a day we can all be proud of.”Ceres Senior Manager of State Policy Alli Gold Roberts“While joining RGGI is an important first step, we know that it is not enough to mitigate the impacts of climate change and transition to a thriving clean energy economy. We urge state lawmakers to expand complementary policies that ensure clean energy investments happen in Pennsylvania and provide a just transition for communities and industries. With forward-thinking policies in place, the Commonwealth will be well positioned to capture the economic benefits of the clean energy and clean transportation future. Ceres looks forward to working with state leaders on both sides of the aisle to implement RGGI while growing local jobs and investments in clean energy, in a way that works for Pennsylvania’s residents and businesses alike.”New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos“Congratulations to Pennsylvania @GovernorTomWolf for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. #RGGI has been a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; now stronger with PA’s involvment. Kudos @PennsylvaniaDEP. @NYGovCuomo @NYSDEC @NYSERDA @abartontweets”New York State Energy Research and Development Authority“Welcome @GovernorTomWolf and @PennsylvaniaDEP to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). We look forward to working together in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.”Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp“Decisive, concrete action from @GovernorTomWolf. Excellent. Development of regs will lead to tangible reductions in Pennsylvania’s climate pollution. We need less rhetoric, more action like this.”Professor and Director of the Penn State Penn State Earth System Science Center Michael E. Mann“Kudos to @GovernorTomWolf for signing an executive order this morning instructing the Pennsylvania DEP to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)!”Evangelical Environmental Network President the Rev. Mitch Hescox“We are grateful for Governor Wolf’s leadership and hope the General Assembly will join him in support of RGGI. With the General Assembly working with the Governor, the estimated $350 million in RGGI receipts could be used to support Pennsylvania’s nuclear fleet, energy efficiency, and to help clean up Pennsylvania’s dirty air to benefit our children’s health and improve their quality of life. RGGI is a market-based plan that all conservatives should embrace for a thriving, clean, and healthy future that includes the protection of low-income families.”To see the steps being taken, view the full Executive Order.center_img Praise for Gov. Wolf’s Action to Combat Climate Crisislast_img read more

Clinton Henry Nolte

first_imgClinton Henry Nolte, 99, died peacefully on September 15, 2020 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg, IN. He was born August 13, 1921, the son of John Henry and Catherine (Stover), who preceded him in death. Clinton married Gladys Marie Heffelmire on March 13, 1944 in Boise, Idaho and was a loving husband to her for almost 65 years.Clinton started grade school in a one-room school house and rode in a horse-drawn school bus in Farmer’s Retreat, IN. He graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was a respected pilot of the B-24 Liberator during World War II. While stationed in Italy, he flew 35 missions.After his military career, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1949 with a pharmaceutical degree. Clinton worked at Wright’s Drug Store in Greensburg, IN until he and Gladys bought the Schultz’s Pharmacy in Batesville in 1958. It became well-known as Nolte’s Pharmacy with the infamous penny candy. Clinton was also known for his perfect Christmas trees grown on a farm near Napoleon, IN.After retiring in 1986, he and Gladys enjoyed traveling in their RV and spending time with family and friends. He also took pleasure in fishing, watching the Cincinnati Reds, reading, and even more fishing especially at Bischoff’s Reservoir.Clinton was a member of the Batesville United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge and VFW. He was a Patriot who loved to watch Fox News.He is survived by two daughters, Catherine Nolte and Mary Nolte, both of Greensburg; three grandchildren, Katrina (Hawkins) Burton and husband, Jason, of Zionsville, IN, Cara (Hawkins) Wickens and husband, Jesse, of Ellettsville, IN, and Clinton Wayne, of Lebanon, IN; great-grandchildren Clayton and Clinton Burton, and Ross and Caylen Wickens.In addition to his parents and loving wife, he is preceded in death by one brother, Wesley and several cousins.Visitation will be Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, IN. Funeral service will be 12:30 p.m. at the Batesville United Methodist Church. Rev. Chris Renick officiating. Burial will take place afterwards at the Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro, IN with military graveside honors.In accordance with the Indiana COVID-19 precautions, all attending are to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocol. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon, IN, Batesville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or memorials of your choice, by bringing or mailing to: Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.You are welcomed to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Clinton’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

Government issues racing assurances over ‘no deal’ Brexit

first_img Winning Post: Changing perceptions of animal betting sports November 12, 2018 StumbleUpon Horseracing prize money facing cuts as levy drops £17m May 17, 2019 Submit BHA plans Board changes amid need to improve industry collaboration February 27, 2019 Share Share Related Articles The Government has emphasised it will help owners to navigate the new processes for moving horses and other equine animals from the UK to EU member states, in the event event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.Although, leaving the EU with a deal remains the top priority, the government is continuing with ‘no deal’ preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.The guidance and help will also apply to those owners who currently move their animals between the UK, Ireland and France under the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) – an agreement relied on by many in the horseracing industry and the competition sector.Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley commented: “Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is our job to responsibly ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.“This guidance will help businesses and owners prepare for life after 29 March if we do leave without a deal. However, it is in the interest of the EU to reciprocate our commitment on the movement of horses. This will ensure horseracing and competition events across the continent can continue to be attended by all of Europe’s top equine talent.”Julian Richmond Watson, Chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, also spoke of the guidance: “The British thoroughbred racing and breeding industry welcomes publication of this important guidance and will be communicating it to our participants to help them prepare for all potential Brexit negotiation outcomes.“We fully support the Government’s welcome and pragmatic position to allow continued equine movement under current systems from EU member states to the UK in a no deal scenario.”Laying out guidelines for if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, the government stated: Equines travelling from the UK to the EU may need to undergo additional blood tests, which will need to be carried out within 30 days or less of travelling to satisfy EU regulations.Owners will need to consult with a vet at least six weeks before they are planning to travel.All equines will need an Export Health Certificate in order to travel to EU states, instead of current documents, and will need to enter the EU via a Border Inspection Post (BIP).Some equines will also need a Government issued travel ID document, as well as their existing equine passport.The guidance published today is designed to give the owners of horses and other equine animals as much time to prepare for these new processes and factor in any extra travel time they may require when travelling to and from the EU.Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), added: “The BEF has worked closely with government and leading figures in equestrian sport to make sure that all horse owners have as much information as possible for when the UK leaves the European Union. It’s important to prepare for all eventualities and we’d urge all horse owners to take notice of the material provided by Defra.“If the UK is not provided with listed status by the European Commission, no movements of equines from the UK to the EU will be possible after we leave the EU until listed status is secured.”last_img read more