Pennsylvania's infrastructure and climate issues demand our attention
August 28, 2014 12:00 AM
Pennsylvania’s infrastructure isn’t working as well as it should. The evidence is in the headlines we’ve seen in recent days. In Fayette County, flash flooding damaged homes and businesses. In Pittsburgh, a 10-foot-deep sinkhole appeared. Underinvestment and deferred maintenance on our infrastructure seems to be more and more of a problem. We must do something about it.
Just the same as aging infrastructure demands our attention, so too does the larger issue of climate change. We’ve begun to take the right steps through discussions about the Climate Action Plan, which calls for the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, encourages innovation in clean energy and energy efficiency and helps make sure our infrastructure is ready for a changing climate.
It’s time to take this opportunity to do something about the dismal state of our infrastructure and the climate change-related severe weather that’s making it worse.
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