能源合作社的面孔:前者秘书大卫赫斯

由格鲁吉亚MAE热闹-5 / 5/2020

大卫·赫斯是前宾夕法尼亚州环境保护部部长,他成功地将自己撰写时事通讯的兼职工作变成了一份全职工作,同时也是宾夕法尼亚州现存环境问题记录时间最长的人。他的博客和每周通讯,PA环境消化,通过每日博客文章、每周时事通讯和由副总统、宾夕法尼亚州大会和参议院委员会主办的环境事件日历,报道宾夕法尼亚州的州级环境政策和立法。大卫长期从事记录宾夕法尼亚州的环境政策和立法工作,这使他对政治进程和州一级如何发生变化有了宝贵的观点。

PA环境摘要仅成为去年的大卫的全日制职业。但是时事通讯实际上在1987年开始回来,当时宾夕法尼亚州环境资源委员会的执行董事。“当你是委员会的执行董事时,您是其他办事处收到关于发生的事情的问题,”当我们上个月与他交谈时告诉我们。“我决定做的是每周结束时的写作,总结了发生的事情以及下周在委员会上映的是什么。显然,这是互联网前的,所以你实际上必须拨打电话。“

他继续撰写更新,通过他在州政府的其他角色携手,其中包括行政副秘书,然后在环境保护部秘书,后来私营部门担任国家级政策和沟通总监游说公司。“因此,我基本上有一个每周记录大会上的环境问题,一般从1987年开始,一年为止,直到现在。”大卫最近遇到了宾夕法尼亚州档案馆捐赠了他的通讯到国家,包括他在委员会的时间副本。他希望可以进行记录可搜索并用作对宾夕法尼亚州环境历史感兴趣的研究人员的工具。

大卫在州政府的职业生涯恰逢宾夕法尼亚州宾夕法尼亚州的环境和能源政策的重大发展,并在民主党和共和党州长。He himself activated the first commercial wind farm in Somerset County in 2001. “I can attest that that’s a good spot for catching the wind, because the day we were out there to ceremoniously flip the switch and turn them on, the tent we were using just about blew away,” he says with a chuckle.

在他的个人生活中,大卫以多种方式实践可持续性。自1995年以来,他的房子一直是能源和水的效率。他尽可能地推动混合动力车和堆肥和回收。最近,大卫和他的妻子在他的院子里举起粉丝园花园,符合严格的宾夕法尼亚州大师园丁的粉丝们的友好认证要求。他的院子已成为宾夕法尼亚州蜜蜂和蝴蝶的美丽家。

根据大卫的说法,在过去的四十年中的环境政策中的每一项和每一项进展都为另一个小步向前铺平了道路,并且是在此之前前进的其他小台阶的结果。For example, he noted that deregulation of the state’s electricity markets during the Ridge administration, the very reason The Energy Co-op can be a renewable electricity supplier, exists because of the creation of the Energy Development Authority by the Casey administration, which helped fund new renewable energy generation projects. And, in turn, the state’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, adopted during the Rendell administration, could not exist without the creation of competitive electricity markets following electricity deregulation. As examples of current significant developments, he cited the recently adoptedC-Pace计划用于融资能源效率和可再生能源项目以及州长WOLF的近期行政命令加入宾夕法尼亚州区域温室气体倡议或rggi。

Though we have a long way to go in terms of climate change and environmental protections here in Pennsylvania, and many of us would prefer for progress to happen much more quickly, David’s knowledge and experience show us that each small victory can pave the way for the next one, which can result in big changes. We also have a lot to learn from the progress that has already been made, which is why PA Environment Digest is such a valuable resource. It helps us understand where we have been, which can show us the way forward. As voters and consumers, we have power that we can use to advocate for the changes we want. David believes we will see more progress from the General Assembly as we continue to educate our representatives on environmental issues and advocate for change. According to him, it’s just a matter of building victories, one at a time.