Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill that Ignores Dangers of Climate Change

first_img Environment,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2025, which would have prevented the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from taking any action to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions in the commonwealth without the prior approval of the General Assembly.Carbon dioxide is a harmful greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, and this bill would have put a halt to DEP efforts to mitigate the impact climate change has on lives and livelihoods in Pennsylvania, including rulemaking currently being developed to allow Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is an economically sound program that has a proven record of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in member states.Higher temperatures, unseasonal changes in precipitation, and more frequent and more extreme storms – all adverse effects of climate change – have already been experienced in Pennsylvania, and we must take action now to prevent worse changes from further endangering Pennsylvanians. This bill ignores science, and would have hampered the ability of the DEP to protect Pennsylvanians.Gov. Wolf’s HB 2025 veto message:“Addressing the global climate crisis is one of the most important and critical challenges we face. This legislation is extremely harmful to public health and welfare as it prevents the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Department) from taking any measure or action to abate, control or limit carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas and major contributor to climate change impacts, without prior approval of the General Assembly. Like every state in the country, the Commonwealth has already begun to experience adverse impacts from climate change, such as higher temperatures, changes in precipitation, and frequent extreme weather events, including large storms, flooding, heat waves, heavier snowfalls, and periods of drought. Reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are even more significant now as emerging evidence links chronic exposure to air pollution with higher rates of morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.“This legislation also prohibits the Commonwealth from participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional initiative among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while generating economic growth, unless additional legislation is enacted. RGGI participating states have reduced power sector carbon dioxide pollution by 45 percent since 2005, while the region’s per-capita gross domestic product has continued to grow. By joining RGGI, Pennsylvania has the opportunity to make real progress on limiting climate change-causing carbon pollution while generating thousands of new jobs, providing for worker training, and offering future electric bill savings.“In addition to the legislation’s failure to address climate change, the immediate effect of this legislation would be to halt a rulemaking package I directed the Department to develop by executive order pursuant to the authority of the Air Pollution Control Act to abate, control, or limit carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel-fired electric power generators. The Regulatory Review Act and the Air Pollution Control Act afford the opportunity for extensive public participation, including public comment and public hearings, in the rulemaking process. Members of the General Assembly also have a robust role in the rulemaking process, including through their appointments on advisory committees and the Environmental Quality Board. This legislation creates burdensome and duplicative processes that will thwart the Department’s ability to take any action to regulate the greenhouse gas most responsible for climate change in the transportation, industrial, and commercial sectors, as well as the electric power sector.“The citizens of this Commonwealth cannot afford to wait any longer. Given the urgency of the climate crisis facing Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth must take concrete, economically sound, and immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Allowing this legislation to become law would effectively deny that climate change is an urgent problem that demands prudent solutions.” September 24, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill that Ignores Dangers of Climate Changelast_img read more

Are You Looking or Not Make Yourself Available To Interview

first_imgSo you’re looking for a job? The number one reason people look for a new job is because there is something they don’t like about their current position or company. So why is it that these people, that don’t like their job, can’t take a few hours off to attend an interview that may get them out of the role they are unhappy in?I don’t get it. You apply for a job but all of a sudden are only available at 7am or 6pm. I’m flexible, it’s part of my job as a recruiter to accommodate you. However, the Director of  (insert department) will not be so accommodating and does have other things to worry about.I realize it can be difficult to get away or awkward to ask for the time off, but it is part of looking for a job. If you are truly serious about making a move then you should do your best to accommodate the Hiring Manager’s schedule.Here are some tips to make the interviewing process a bit easier:Number one rule: Don’t tell anyone at work that you are looking, even if you are close friends. Knowing that they know you don’t really have a “doctor’s appointment” will only make you feel more awkward.Phone interviews are simple. Most offices are pretty lenient as to where and when people go for lunch or leave for a coffee break. The call should be 15-30 minutes. Simply step out of the office and take the call in a quiet location nearby. No need to take time off. Lunch is a valid excuse between 11am and 2pm and an afternoon coffee break around 3pm or 4pm makes perfect sense, so your availability can be flexible.In-person interviews are a little more difficult. First rounds tend to be 1-2 hours. Try to be adaptable, but few confident in suggesting an early morning or late afternoon interview so that you can take a half day or leave a few hours early. Doctors/Dentist appointments work great as excuses, but the truth is you shouldn’t HAVE to give a reason. Your PTO (paid time off) is your time to do with as you wish.If there is an all-day final round, be as accommodating as possible. This is the last step before the offer stage and you don’t want to make things difficult. Bite the bullet and take the vacation or sick day. Again, your current employer cannot force you to tell them what you are doing, but if you must give a reason, make something up. Calling out sick may be the easiest route to go.If you are interviewing for very few positions, taking time off should not be a huge deal. Since you are working and not desperate for a job ASAP, limit your interviews — only go after one or two jobs at a time, and space it out so your current employer doesn’t get suspicious.One of the most frustrating things for HR or recruiters is when the candidate is never available to set up an interview. It makes us wonder if the candidate would be difficult to work with if he or she were brought on board. Don’t feel the need to change your life to accommodate interviews, but try to be as flexible as possible, and don’t over-stress about stepping away from the office or taking time off.  Editor’s Note: To get more great tips on improving your recruiting and interviewing process, sign up for the OpenView newsletter.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more