A Clean Energy Transition Is Possible in Pennsylvania
Because Pennsylvania is the second-largest fracking state after Texas and the third-highest emitting state in the country, the Keystone State plays an outsized role in climate change. But this also means that successfully leading a clean energy transition in the state could wipe out a huge chunk of US fossil fuel emissions and help mitigate the worst effects of global warming.
A clean energy transition is possible in Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Shale spans only the northwestern half of the state, which has made southeastern PA one of the top regions for clean energy job growth. (Clean energy jobs continued to outpace fossil fuel job growth in 2017, according to the latest E2 report.)
This is especially significant because voters in the southeastern region—especially low-income rural voters and minority communities in severely underprivileged urban centers like Allentown—stand to benefit the most from the economic opportunities generated by a clean energy transition. Southeastern PA is economically incentivized to launch, lead and sustain a rapid transition to 100% clean energy.
After activating the estimated 5,000 Puerto Rican refugees in the Lehigh Valley area and uniting behind them as leaders in a sustained regional movement for 100% clean energy, the next phase will be to expand the movement to the northwest, where Pennsylvania families are now forced to buy their water from Walmart because fracking has severely poisoned their local wells. These voters, too, are incentivized to win independence from fossil fuels, but don't currently have the economic advantage of southeastern Pennsylvania to launch and sustain a clean energy movement.