LETTER: Pa. a critical player on climate change

York Dispatch

Here in Pennsylvania, we're at the front lines of climate in more ways than one. We're already feeling the impacts at home, and Superstorm Sandy is only the most extreme example. We're seeing increasing ice storms, more heat waves and changing habitats that put our state's endangered animals at risk. Now, Pennsylvania is emerging as a critical player in the national fight to tackle global warming. And it's going to be close.

Despite more than 8 million Americans and more than 300,000 Pennsylvanians calling for action on climate, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey just voted to undermine a historic plan to tackle the largest single source of global warming pollution — our nation's fleet of dirty power plants.

The climate fight is heating up. Thankfully, Sen. Toomey isn't the only one representing our state. Our own Sen. Bob Casey stepped up to the bat for our health and communities and withstood enormous pressure from polluters in the process. I'm glad we can claim a leader like Sen. Casey, who is willing to listen to real Pennsylvanians as we call for action on climate.

We need to protect future generations from this threat, and Sen. Casey is working to put Pennsylvania on the right side of history.


Global Warming and Clean Energy associate