Penn­syl­va­nia should not sup­port fos­sil fuel in­dus­try

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I agree with Ted Mor­gan’s state­ment in his re­cent “Your View” ar­ti­cle about the enor­mous chal­lenge of mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change, wherein he stated, “That would seem to sug­gest that those po­lit­i­cal ac­tors and fos­sil fuel pro­duc­ers who re­sist the nec­es­sary changes are guilty of crimes against hu­man­ity.”

Have you read or heard of the Penn­syl­va­nia Leg­is­la­ture’s pack­age of bill de­cep­tively named “En­er­gize PA”? They are noth­ing but eight in­dus­try-fo­cused bills with the main pur­pose of pro­mot­ing more fos­sil fu­els.

HB 1100, which gives a huge tax credit for petro­chem­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers, has al­ready passed. And now they are work­ing to pass three more bad bills: HB 1102, 1106 and 1107, which sup­port the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try and strip the state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion of its abil­ity to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic health.

The nat­u­ral gas in­dus­try is eye­ing North­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia as a place to build more petro­chem­i­cal plants. Contact your rep­re­sen­ta­tives and tell them we don’t want Penn­syl­va­nia to sup­port the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try and why we should be tran­si­tion­ing away from fos­sil fu­els, not sub­si­diz­ing them. Kathy Fox Beth­le­hem

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