Pennsylvania has been one of the more active states in promoting green technology. Those days might be over.
Republican governor Tom Corbett, inaugurated in January, is cutting funding and programs designed for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in favor of promoting policies that will expand drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes:
Quietly but systematically, the administration has all but shut down the state Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Energy and Technology Deployment -- the state's primary energy office -- and removed directors and reassigned staff in the Office of Energy Management in the Department of General Services and the Governor's Green Government Council.
It has also forbidden state executive agencies from signing contracts that support clean energy supply.