One Step Closer to a Supermajority

HARRISBURG, PA — “We couldn’t be more pleased with tonight’s outcome” shared SRCC Chairman and President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. “Starting with Tom Killion’s victory in the Special Election in senate district 9, followed by an outstanding group of candidates ready to take on their democratic opponents in November, SRCC is one step closer to a supermajority. If that doesn’t send a clear message to Governor Tom Wolf – we do not know what will.”
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Op/Ed: Developing countries will ignore emission targets

Obama must explain how his actions do not violate Constitution

By Tom Harris

President Obama asserts that the United Nations Paris Agreement is “the first time so many countries had committed to ambitious, nationally determined climate targets.”

Yet the likelihood that China and other “developing country Parties,” the source of most of today’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, will keep their targets is essentially nil. They don’t have to, according to the UN itself.
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Op/Ed: Coal’s troubles should concern all Americans

Green advocates want to kill our main energy sources

By Tom Harris

Now that another Earth Day has come and gone, it’s important to reflect on the damage environmentalism-gone-wild has caused, and will continue to cause if governments keep pandering to activists.

For example, thanks largely to green extremism, coal, our cheapest and most abundant power source, is in big trouble in the United States. Over half of the mines and miners in Central Appalachia are now idle and dozens of American coal companies are currently bankrupt. Like Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal, and Patriot Coal, all of which filed for bankruptcy in 2015, Peabody Energy Corporation, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection on April 14.
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Op/Ed: Climate change surveys still useless

Pollsters should ask how much Americans will pay to set an example to the world

By Tom Harris

Public opinion polls are regularly cited by politicians and activists to support government action on climate change. Yet these surveys rarely make meaningful contributions to the public policy debate since they ask about issues that do not matter, while ignoring issues that do matter.

Happily, most polling companies have matured to the point that they no longer ask respondents whether they think ‘climate change is real’ or whether they believe there is a scientific debate about the causes of climate change. Public understanding of the inevitability of climate change on a dynamic planet and the massive uncertainty about future climate states has rendered such questions pointless.
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SVC Concert Series presents pianist Vivian Choi

LATROBE, PA — Saint Vincent College Concert Series will present a solo recital by pianist Vivian Choi at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center.

Choi’s program will include Variations on a Theme of Chopin, an original composition by Latrobe’s native son, the late Fred Rogers, known worldwide for his broadcast of the children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on the Public Broadcasting Service. The work was written when Rogers was a music major at Rollins College and was performed by his classmate, Jeannine Morrison, who has performed in a duet recital at Saint Vincent with Rogers’ widow, Joanne Rogers. The piece has never been performed before in his hometown.
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Fire company in Blairsville receives funding from USDA Rural Development Loan and Grant Combo

BLAIRSVILLE, PA — The Young Men’s Volunteer Fire Company of Blairsville, located in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, will soon be able to purchase a new Pumper Tanker thanks to a loan and grant combination funded by USDA Rural Development.

Rural Development was able to provide funding through a low interest Community Facility loan of $75,000 and a Community Facility grant of $50,000. Additional funding comes in the form of a Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) loan of $200,000 and an applicant contribution of $100,011, for a project total of $425,011.
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Pitt-Greensburg’s Cobetto Lecture to explore Restorative Justice

GREENSBURG, PA — The 11th annual Dr. Bernard Cobetto Lecture Series on Contemporary Issues will feature Joanne Katz, JD, professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at Missouri Western State University. Her presentation, entitled “Restorative Justice: Exploring Ethics and Criminal Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” will be held Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Ferguson Theater. Please call 724-836-7980 to reserve a seat for this free lecture.
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