Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Podesta On MaRs

I read an article online yesterday about Pennsylvania's governor ending all green energy programs.

The gist of the Energy Central piece was that Pennsylvania's Energy policy is now synonymous with two other words: Marcellus Shale.

The Corbett administration is de-emphasizing renewable energy and energy conservation, eliminating programs created by previous Democratic and Republican administrations as it focuses on natural gas energy from booming Marcellus Shale.
Quietly but systematically, the administration has all but shut down the state Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment -- the state's primary energy office -- and removed directors and reassigned staff in the Office of Energy Management in the Department of General Services and the Governor's Green Government Council.
It has also forbidden state executive agencies from signing contracts that support clean energy supply.
This reminded me of recent news coverage as Environmental Defence brought in a political hack from Planet Crazy to speak at MaRs recently (and visit the editorial boards of quaint Toronto news organizations).

John Podesta trumpeted successful states like California and Pennsylania:
"He said state governments in Pennsylvania and California have both made important strides toward cleaner energy by sticking to their guns."

Turns out he wasn't only wrong about Ontario's GEGEA and nuclear power.

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