The City of Pittsburgh has announced a public hearing to discuss the city’s DRAFT Climate Action Plan (CAP) (PDF here). It is important to let our elected city officials know that all of their regional climate goals will be decimated by the planned petrochemical build-out for our region. The Shell Ethane Cracker alone will emit more than 1/3 of the greenhouse gasses emitted by ALL Sources within the City of Pittsburgh, and there are more petro plants in the planning stages (see image below). Furthermore, the City’s goal of 50% GHG reduction by 2030 and 80% reduction by 2050 are actually incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement’s 1.5°C goal according to the following analysis by Climate Analytics/Ecofys/NewClimate (assuming that the entire U.S.A. pursued similar GHG mitigation goals as Pittsburgh):

USA Climate Mitigation Goals vs. Requirements
USA climate mitigation assessment diagram, courtesy of and copyright to Climate Analytics, Ecofys and NewClimate Institute.

The public hearing will take place at 6:00 P.M. on November 29, 2017 in the Council Chambers on the 5th floor of the City County Building at 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Click on the this link to sign up to speak. Speaking slots will likely be 3 minutes each. I’ve heard there will be a speaking sign-up at the event. Not sure what order they will go in.

Submit written comments to climate@pittsburghpa.gov .

You can see Mark Dixon’s detailed comments on the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan here: https://markatcop21.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/comments-on-the-pittsburgh-climate-action-plan-3-0/

You can find a summary of the climate change connections of the Shell Ethane Cracker to climate change here: https://nopetropa.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/climate-change-the-beaver-shell-petrochemical-plant/

You can review the entire Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan here: http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/redtail/images/606_PCAP_3_0_Draft-_9-26-17.pdf

Proposed Regional Ethane Cracker Plants
Four additional ethane cracker plants are under consideration.

 

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