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

Mermaid Beach house values experience “extraordinary growth”

first_imgHedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. Picture: Regi VargheseThat’s an average jump of 8.7 per cent a year and well above Brisbane’s 5.9 per cent.Units in Paradise Point took second position, with the median apartment price increasing from$111,500 to $701,000, or 7.6 per cent annually.Aussie CEO James Symond said it wasn’t a surprise to see suburbs with strong demand from buyers on the Gold Coast performing better than Brisbane over the long term.As well as holding the record sale price for the Gold Coast with a $27 million sale in 2008, Mermaid Beach also holds the highest sale this year. 69 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach is on the market.Ross and Megan Jurisich are selling their Mermaid Beach mansion on Seagull Ave but are moving to another property in the suburb because they love the area so much.“We’ve been here just over 12 months and we’ve been in the neighbourhood for 10 years,” Mr Jurisich said.He said there were a number of reasons they loved the area, including the friendly neighbourhood and proximity to restaurants, cafes, bars and the beach.“We’re a stones throw to arguably one of the best beaches in the world,” Mr Jurisich said. House values in Mermaid Beach have jumped from $195,000 to $1.56 million over the past 25 years. Picture: Regi VargheseIF you bought a house in Mermaid Beach 25 years ago chances are your property is worth seven times more than what you paid for it.The Aussie/CoreLogic 25 years of housing trends report found Mermaid Beach experienced “extraordinary growth” in its median house price from $195,000 to $1.56 million over the past 25 years. People enjoy a swim on the beach, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi Varghese“It just offers so much from a lifestyle perspective — it has a central location, is close to restaurants, private schools, shopping centres and the airport.“We are seeing fewer homes come to market and there’s lack of supply which is likely to contribute to the growth trend over the next 25 years.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Gold Coast has grown up02:15Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach shared a similar view and predicted future growth to be boosted by the light rail expansion through the suburb.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We’ve still got a lot of growth in this current market,” Mr Henderson said.“I think the light rail will be a big drawcard here.” MEGA SALES MAKES COAST’S TOP 10 NEW APARTMENT SALES AT 12 MONTH HIGH center_img A property along Hedges Avenue in Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi VargheseThat records belongs to a beachfront house at 103-105 Hedges Ave that changed hands for $11.6 million in April through agent Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Properties.Mr Kollosche said the suburb’s appeal came down to the lifestyle it offered residents.“Mermaid Beach, unlike all of the other beachside suburbs does not have the high-rise zoning, which keeps it like a community village,” Mr Kollosche said. Ross and Megan Jurisich are selling their Mermaid Beach mansion on Seagull Ave. Gold Coast’s top 10 suburbs for value growth Suburb, 1993 median price, 2018 median price, total change in median over 25 years Mermaid Beach (houses), $195,000, $1.56 million, 700%Paradise Point (units), $111.500, $701,000, 528%Coolangatta (houses), $135,750, $835,000, 515%Burleigh Heads (houses), $141,000, $830,000, 488%Palm Beach (houses), 143,500, $820,000, 471%Miami (houses), $135,500, $770,000, 468%Paradise Point (houses), $181,100, $1.023 million, 465%Helensvale (units), $195,000, $1.1 million, 464%Broadbeach Waters (houses), $195,000, $1.1 million, 464%Hope Island (houses), $121,400, 685,000, 463% Source: Aussie/CoreLogic 25 years of housing trends reportlast_img read more