Pennsylvania has always been a leading provider of America’s energy. From timber and coal to the nation’s first commercial oil well, and now the Marcellus Shale boom, traditional energy is vital to our state’s economy. But these industries, and the prosperity they generated, are now threatened because they have become politically unpopular. Instead of entrepreneurship and the responsible development of natural resources, today’s energy companies are rewarded on the basis of their lobbying. CF’s work on Energy & the Environment focuses on balancing environmental and economic concerns, ensuring a level playing field, and preserving Pennsylvania’s role as an energy leader.
President Obama and one of his cabinet members are making separate trips to Pennsylvania this week. Their reasons for visiting couldn't be more different.
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The Commonwealth Foundation is Pennsylvania's free-market think tank. The Commonwealth Foundation crafts free-market policies, convinces Pennsylvanians of their benefits, and counters attacks on liberty.
Despite claims that union dues aren't used for politics, the amount Pennsylvania’s five largest government unions reported spending from union dues on "political activities and lobbying" increased in 2013 to $5.5 million. This is in addition to the $4.7 million collected for government union ...