- The Context
- State of the State
The Democratic governor issued an executive order declaring Pennsylvania would join a regional agreement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Not everyone is on board.
Most of Bilal Motley’s former co-workers have either rallied to keep the refinery open or kept their thoughts private. Motley, however, wants to tell his story.
Pretty much every day, the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery sent thick black-gray plumes of smoke into the air, to mingle with emissions from nearby Philadelphia International Airport and the two interstate highways that run through Grays Ferry.
In his second term, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has set ambitious climate goals for the state. But he’s also walked a tightrope on climate, as he has embraced the fossil fuel jobs of the natural gas industry, and big carbon-emitting projects like the Shell Ethane Cracker in Beaver County.