Today, I’ll be giving a Lightning Talk with Dr. Paul Shrivastava* at Penn State’s Energy Days. Our talk is on Energy Transition. My remarks are below. My name’s Peter Buckland and I’m the chair of the Ferguson Township board of supervisors. Ferguson Township is just a couple of miles to our west here, population of … More FERGUSON TOWNSHIP’S COMMITMENT TO ACT ON THE MORAL DUTY TO DO ENERGY SO MUCH BETTER
In 2014, I co-organized a Memorial Day protest against former Governor Tom Corbett’s opening of state parks to the natural gas industry. I wrote this piece for a conference I attended the following fall as a reflection on environmental protest as a form of public moral education. It’s wonky at points, but heartfelt nonetheless. Given … More Reflecting on our decision to protest Tom Corbett’s fracking moves on Memorial Day 2014
A year ago, I put forward Ferguson Township’s resolution to act on climate change. Then in June 2017, we adopted Resolution 2017-14 (read the text here). We recognize that our well-being and the health of the interconnected web of being depends on the stability of the climate we’ve inherited. Its stability requires that we draw down … More Is there more to be done? Oh you bet. But in Ferguson, we’re acting on climate change.
POTD #9: The Flood (revised) We genuflected before the Yough’s ceaseless turbulence and the Blackwater whose falls bellowed and vomited over the precipice, crashing the silence with unremitting violence. Those were the days before the orange-faced carney screamed about American carnage on Pennsylvania Avenue, pissed on the Bill of Rights, wiped his ass with the … More POTD #9: The Flood (revised again…quite significantly)
In recent paid-for opinion pieces, Dan Hawbaker has accused citizens of the Spring Creek watershed of “relying on emotion, opinion, and careless rhetoric.” This is classic distraction when you have no argument. We don’t have the joy of getting a multi-million dollar profit from a sweetheart deal from inside baseball. Folks are angry and more … More When the local oligarchy works for a global predator, what do you say?
Wow. The Fox News interview with Scott Pruitt has a host of problems. He lies about what happened to EPA in pursuit of its mission, how it affected certainty in the market, and the fact that he wouldn’t answer questions about major ethical lapses. He spends a ton of time dodging questions about how he’s … More Clean out the toilet. It’s time to flush Pruitt.
To my Dem friends, I’m going to be really blunt about John Fetterman & Governor Wolf: They have to deal with the fracking industry in a responsible way. Fetterman might win because no one is paying attention, but Wolf…if he doesn’t clean up his shop and commit to a modern energy economy…he’s toast. The people who … More Pennsylvania Democrats need to understand the energy future right now, Tom Wolf most of all.