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*  AND IT STILL APPLIES: "The report identifies Congress itself as being dysfunctional. We therefore call upon each of you to have the courage to be part of the solution, and embrace fundamental change in the way the Congressional committee oversight system operates." –Testimony of Beverly Eckert before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Hearings to Review 9/11 Commission Recommendations; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004.

*   THE HUMAN: The most intelligent of any species on the planet and yet has done the most to destroy the very system that keeps everything alive.

 *   As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

    ---H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

*   IT COULDN'T BE DONE:  Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but with a chuckle replied "maybe it couldn't," but he'd be one who wouldn't say till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried, he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    Somebody scoffed "Oh, you'll never do that, at least no one has ever done it," but he took off his coat and he took off his hat, and the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quiddit, he started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure; there are thousands to point out to you one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it, just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that "cannot be done" and you'll do it.

     –Edgar A. Guest.


Plan to increase electric vehicle use in PA

    Harrisburg – The Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition, a statewide public–private working group led by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, will unveil details of its draft plan to help expand electric vehicle use in Pennsylvania at a public meeting on March 26.

    “Many car manufacturers are committed to developing electric vehicles in five to ten years. Through planning that draws on statewide expertise and viewpoints, we want to enable Pennsylvania to take full advantage of this significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

    “We’re pleased to be part of this coalition aimed at addressing current infrastructure needs and planning for the anticipated changing landscape,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said of the agency’s participation. “Supporting the public and our partners alike will be critical as we continue making progress.”

    The meeting will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission headquarters, 700 S. Eisenhower Blvd. in Middletown.

    There were 4,364 electric vehicles registered in Pennsylvania in 2017, the latest year for which PennDOT data are available. In contrast, 10.1 million gasoline-powered vehicles were registered.

    The plan, titled “Pennsylvania Electric Vehicles Roadmap,” will present an analysis of the economic, policy, regulatory, public awareness, technical, and infrastructure challenges to expanding electric vehicle use.

    Several scenarios of electric vehicle adoption in Pennsylvania will be presented at the March 26 meeting, from a conservative scenario that involves little policy support to a more aggressive scenario of public policy that encourages adoption.

    Increasing electric vehicles in public and private fleets through commitments and incentives and development of programs to support workplace and public charging are among many ideas being discussed. A public education campaign is seen as important to raise awareness of electric vehicles and the benefits that come with greater adoption, such as reduced air pollution and new economic opportunities.

     The final plan will be available to the public in June. The coalition will then determine potential steps for implementation.

    Participation in the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition is open to the public. To participate in meetings, please contact Mark Hand (, South Central regional manager, DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance.

    In addition to DEP and PennDOT, participants in the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition include:

•    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission;

•    Department of Community and Economic Development;

•    Department of Conservation and Natural Resources;

•    Department of General Services;

•    Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission;

•    Electric distribution companies from around the state;

•    Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Coalition;

•    Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation;

•    Cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and Bellefonte Borough;

•    Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;

•    Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

•    Auto companies including GM, Nissan, Tesla, Ford, and BMW;

•    Auto dealerships;

•    National Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Clean Air Board, and other environmental organizations;

•    Electric vehicle charging companies; and

•    Georgetown Climate Center.