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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Earlier this month, House Majority Leader Dave Reed challenged his colleagues to change the way Harrisburg operates: “Now is the time to reimagine and redesign government, our state and our future.” A change in Harrisburg’s culture is surely needed. Decades of high taxes, wasteful ...