Gov. Tom Corbett recently told reporters that our stunning state park system tops his short list of state assets to privatize along with liquor stores and prisons.
Pennsylvania’s state parks are one of the Commonwealth’s greatest resources, and we should value them as such. We should be working to repair, restore, expand and improve these places that make Pennsylvania great—not trying to sell them off to the highest bidder.
Incredibly, Pennsylvania remains the only major drilling state in the nation that has failed to implement a severance tax on gas drilling. Due to the destructive and dangerous nature of Marcellus Shale drilling, it only makes sense to direct a portion of the funds to the state's environmental and conservation programs, like Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program.
On July 29 President Barack Obama started the drive toward historical reductions in oil dependence, global warming pollution, and the amount of money we pay at the gas pump. His announcement of a new 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025 will go a long way toward ensuring America breaks its addiction to oil.
This summer's higher temperatures have brought more orange alert days for smog pollution. But as bad as this summer has been, imagine how much worse it will get if we don't act now to reduce smog. Could you imagine it being so polluted you couldn't go outside?