Governor Wolf: Trump Fuel Economy Rollback Betrays PA Consumers, Workers

first_img Energy,  Environment,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump Administration’s rolling back of current fuel efficiency standards, which is projected to increase costs for Pennsylvanians on gasoline:“Once again, the Trump Administration is siding with big oil and gas companies over families in Pennsylvania. Today’s decision will mean small business owners paying more to transport their goods and get to job sites and families paying more to drive to work or their child’s school. This decision flies in the face of what’s best for consumers and the environment. The EPA’s action to weaken fuel economy standards hurts Pennsylvania’s consumers, workers, and everyone who wants to breathe cleaner air. Fuel economy standards are lowering gas bills, spurring innovation to create jobs, keeping air cleaner, and creating demand for cleaner domestic energy and renewable technology.“The current standards have led to the development of new technologies, manufacturing innovation, and new jobs throughout the U.S., while reducing consumer costs at the gas pump. These standards were developed with substantial public input and rely on scientific evidence to promote advanced vehicle technologies and reduce air pollution, while saving Pennsylvanians at the pump. Pure and simple, this is a betrayal of the same people the President claims he is fighting for.“Thanks to the Clean Car Standards, the 2018 Ford F-150 gets better gas mileage than a 2010 Taurus. At a time when advanced manufacturers are expanding in Pennsylvania and more than 7,500 workers in the state are employed in manufacturing the high-tech components of these vehicles and developing the next generation of vehicle technologies, we need to encourage innovation, not turn back the clock.” Governor Wolf: Trump Fuel Economy Rollback Betrays PA Consumers, Workers August 02, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Sinoe Supt-Designate Confirmation Hearing Aborted

first_imgMembers of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance yesterday unanimously agreed to put on hold confirmation proceedings for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh. He was told that the Committee will hold a separate confirmation proceeding with him at a later date.The decision by the Committee, chaired by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah, to halt the confirmation proceedings of Mr. Quioh came about when Rivercess County Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh raised concern over the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report indicting him (Quioh) and other Sinoe County officials for failing to account for hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars of both the CDF and SDF.Mr. Quioh served as Development Superintendent under outgoing Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay, who is now running for Senator for Sinoe County. Both Quioh and Teahjay were indicted in the GAC report for embezzling County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF).Expressing his concern, Senator Gueh said the nominee already had a serious problem with the Liberian Government while at the same time he is being nominated to another position.“The nominee for the post must have a character that is suitable to be a Superintendent of Sinoe County. Therefore, he owes this committee an explanation to tell us whether he has been cleared of the charges leveled against him.  We must know the character of the person that we are sending to Sinoe.”Supporting his colleague’s argument, Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson said the reason why the President sends a nominee constitutionally to the Senate for confirmation is help determine the suitability of that nominee to serve.Senator Jallah then made a unanimous motion to suspend the hearing of Mr. Quioh. At  the same time, Senator Jallah  declared that those who have information on what is being alleged are encouraged to present same to our offices by Wednesday, “so that the Committee will study [said information] and make a determination as to whether we can go ahead to confirm or not.”He said information received by the Committee earlier from some individuals is not tenable in law because they lacked names or signatures.”Meanwhile, a group calling itself “Sinoe Citizens for Accountability & Equal Representation yesterday circulated a letter accompanied by a dossier revealing alleged financial transactions involving nominee Quioh and other Sinoe County local and Legislative officials.The letter, which was addressed to the Internal Affairs Committee, showed, among other things, that the GAC in its November 2014 report indicted Mr. Quioh and others for failing to account for US$727,669.20 of the county’s development fund; making 44 bank payments without voucher support, making payments and failing to include same in the Project Management Committee’s financial reports, as well as receiving money for six projects that were since abandoned.In a related development, several superintendents, local government officials and an Internal Affairs Deputy Minister-designate recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, appeared before the Jallah Committee for a crowded hearing.Among those appearing was a former Member of the 52nd Legislature for Gbarpolu County, Representative Armah Sarnor, who is now going as Superintendent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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