According to a GreenTechMedia.com report entitled "Numbers from the War on State Renewables Standards," Pennsylvania's goal of having 18 percent of its electricity come from alternative energy resources by 2021 "is under serious attack by an all-Republican Legislature and Republican governor. One bill would allow natural gas to count toward the mandate, another would allow solid waste incineration to replace wind and solar, and a third would eliminate the tracking of new generation, allowing burned renewables to displace wind and solar."
Let's get this straight: Shale gas, though now plentiful, is not a renewable fuel. It was formed over millions of years by geologic processes. When you burn it, it's gone. In its zealous fealty to the gas industry that has benefited it with campaign contributions, the Corbett administration would allow a rewrite of what's renewable.
I know a lot of good folks in this town who work, or want to work, in the solar and wind industries, industries that generate clean power without carbon emissions or other externalities. They deserve better than what Gov. Tom Corbett is giving them.
Republicans are the first to scream bloody murder on the issue of government picking winners and losers, but this is just what's happening. They should be ashamed of themselves for depriving people of good, green jobs. If anything smacks of complete corruption in government, this is it. The sad thing is that we don't have recall in this state.