A new report shows that Pennsylvania’s wind energy is already avoiding carbon pollution equivalent to taking over 278 thousand cars off the road, and saving enough water to meet the needs of more than 28,600 people. What’s more, if wind development continues at its current rate we could increase wind power in Pennsylvania by 97 percent over the next five years.
These benefits have made wind power a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming by 17 percent by 2020.
Pennsylvania’s clean energy law and federal incentives for wind are largely responsible for wind’s success. Yet our clean energy law is under attack, and federal tax credits for renewable energy are set to expire at the end of 2013.
Wind improves Pennsylvanians’ quality of life, and we should be supporting rather than endangering clean energy around the state. Our elected representatives need to do whatever it takes to strengthen our state’s clean energy laws and extend federal wind incentives before the end of the year.
(The author is Clean Energy and Global Warming Associate for PennEnvironment, a research and policy center devoted to environmental issues.)
“My View of Pew,” by Avi Baran Munro, in the Oct. 31 issue, hit a serious nerve in me.
I recently completed, and sent to my children, my ethical will, which was suggested by Rabbi Jack Reimer many years ago. In it, I included my desire to keep Judaism through my family.
After reading Munro’s “View of Pew,” I realized it was too late for this generation.
My three mature and intelligent children chose excellent life partners who complemented them, and they were married. As a result, I have six grandchildren, but only two Jewish ones. With positive thinking, I hope the next generation will magically multiply to more Jewish people.
With educators like Munro, it can be done. Her philosophy and appeal should be presented to all generations all over the world.