House committee to examine if state should incentivize natural gas

HARRISBURG, March 16 – The House Democratic Policy Committee will conduct a public hearing at 10 a.m. Monday, March 21 in Harrisburg to discuss if Pennsylvania should incentivize natural gas. The issue will be examined from a climate change, economic, and health perspective.

The hearing, organized by state Rep. Greg Vitali, will take place in the Minority Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol. It will be led by Vitali, the Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Policy Committee Chairman Michael Sturla.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rob Altenburg, director, PennFuture Energy Center
  • Michael Griffin, associated research professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (also executive director, Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making)
  • Mark Szybist, senior program advocate, energy and transportation, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Don Brown, scholar in residence, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
  • Robert Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, Cornell University
  • Dave Althoff Jr., manager, Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance, state Department of Environmental Protection
  • Denise Brinley, special assistant to the secretary, Strategic Industry Initiatives, state Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Tom Peterson, president and CEO, Center for Climate Strategies

The hearing will be streamed live at

Media coverage is invited.