A radical Pennsylvania environmental group called PennEnvironment is pushing a media narrative that a “collection of 88 Republican and Democratic Pennsylvania state legislators” have joined together to introduce and endorse a truly insane plan that would require all (as in 100%) of electricity generated in the Keystone State to come from so-called renewables by 2050–just 30 years from now. It will NEVER happen, but that’s beside the point. Our point is that one named Republican is part of this “bipartisan collection” of 88 leftists. The lone Republican is PA State Sen. Tom Killion from the Philadelphia area.
Here’s the B.S. propaganda issued by PennEnvironment on Tuesday, ahead of a press conference by a handful of Democrat PA legislators who endorse this crapola:
A collection of 88 Republican and Democratic Pennsylvania state legislators today announced the re-introduction of legislation in the General Assembly that would require the Commonwealth to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.
State Rep. Chris Rabb (Philadelphia) introduced the House bill (HB 1425), which was also proposed in last year’s session. The Senate version of this legislation (SB630), sponsored by state Sen. Tom Killion (Delaware County), was first introduced last year by now-retired Republican senator Charles McIlhinney (Bucks County). This effort is believed to to be the first 100 percent renewable energy legislation in the nation where the lead sponsors have been Republicans.
“The vast majority of scientists agree: Climate change is real. And you don’t have to be a scientist to notice its effects, which have been caused by human activity,” Rep. Rabb said. “By resorting to 100% renewable energy in the commonwealth, we can help to slow this change or face the on-going irreparable damage and its detrimental consequences.”
Under this bill, the Commonwealth would be required to devise a statewide plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The proposals would set benchmarks for phasing out nonrenewable energy by requiring 50 percent renewable energy with 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030, 80 percent renewable energy by 2040 and, ultimately, 100 percent renewable energy for all energy production sectors by 2050.
The intent of this legislation is to achieve what the scientific community in Pennsylvania and internationally have stated must be accomplished to avoid the worst effects of climate change; eliminating global warming pollution by 2050 to avoid a climate change “tipping point” from which the planet cannot turn back.
“For far too long, Pennsylvania has been a huge part of the problem when it comes to climate change, said David Masur, PennEnvironment’s executive director. “With the introduction of today’s legislation, Pennsylvania can be a huge part of the solution in the race to fight climate change.”
Hawaii (2015), California (2018) and New Mexico (2019) have all passed similar legislation. Washington is expected to sign their bill into law imminently and additional legislation is pending in Colorado, Maryland and Massachusetts.
“Renewable energy is paramount to our country’s future,” Sen. Killion said. “The clean energy revolution will continue to create new jobs, protect our environment and reduce global warming. We must do all that we can to ensure its success over the coming decades.”
The sponsors were joined at the legislation’s announcement by a diverse set of constituencies, showing their support for tackling climate change. Speakers, including religious leaders, public health experts, Pennsylvania academics involved in drafting previous international climate agreements, and clean energy and small business leaders.
”Lightsource BP looks forward to delivering affordable, local solar to help Pennsylvania achieve its ambitious clean energy targets,” said Laurie Mazer, vice president of development for Lightsource BP. “As a Pennsylvania-based developer, I am proud our in-state solar projects will drive economic development and job growth, increase biodiversity, support Penn State’s sustainability goals, and provide a cleaner, healthier environment for all Pennsylvania residents.”
Polls show growing bipartisan support from Pennsylvania voters for aggressive action to tackle climate change. In March, a survey by Franklin and Marshall University found that 67 percent of registered voters in the Commonwealth agree that climate change is currently causing problems and 68 percent believe that the legislature should do more to combat it.
“When we look back on who had the political will to do what it takes to protect our planet from the far-reaching negative effects of global warming, this will be the group of legislators recognized for their work in Pennsylvania,” said Masur “Because the question is NOT do we have the technological ability, the financial wherewithal, or the work ethic to tackle climate change—the only question is: do we have the political will?”*
Notice this nonsensical statement: “The vast majority of scientists agree: Climate change is real.” Well of course it’s real. The climate changes all the time! Where they go wrong, what is scientifically not provable, is attributing changes in the climate to mankind burning fossil fuels. To say you can prove a connection is a flat out, 100% lie. We don’t care if a “majority” of scientists believe it or not. Truth is truth, regardless of what you think of it.
Yet these “well-meaning” (we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt they aren’t complete idiots) legislators believe the lie, and believing the lie leads to proposals like dumping all natural gas-fired electric plants in favor of wind and solar (and maybe a few nukes). Believing lies leads to bizarre behavior.
We don’t have to check with our own sources to know that this legislation is as dead as a door nail, even before it’s officially introduced. There is no way the Republican House and Republican Senate will pass bills that would literally destroy a large portion of the Marcellus industry in the state, not to mention double or triple the cost of electricity for all rate payers. Ain’t gonna happen.
*PennEnvironment (May 7, 2019) – Bipartisan group of Pennsylvania legislators introduce bill to transition state to 100 percent renewable energy
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