Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's pick for Department of Environmental Protection Secretary sparked controversy last week when, during his confirmation hearing, he told the state Senate's Judiciary Committee that he was unaware of any "adverse impacts" of climate change on humans or animals.
The newly-approved plan is a slightly more conservative version of a similar Medicaid expansion proposal already in place in Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of more Americans could get coverage if more red states adopt the approaches.
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The lifetime risk in the region is actually comparable to many other urban populations in the U.S., but the area is unique because of the amount of nearby natural gas development, electric power-generating facilities, and coke processing plants.
The state legislature will consider bills that would require electric companies to obtain 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2023. Currently, the standard requires just 8 percent by 2020.