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PGW Emails Show Involvement in Drafting Bill That Runs Counter to Climate Goals

Philadelphia Gas Works offices on Broad Street in South Philadelphia
Nathaniel Hamilton
Philadelphia Gas Works offices on Broad Street in South Philadelphia.

Congress recently passed a $2 trillion bill that includes funds to support electrification of heating and cooling – something scientists say is crucial to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But a bill moving through Harrisburg would prevent cities and towns from enacting their own electrification policies.

WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania's Susan Phillips reports on how Philadelphia's own gas utility supports industry efforts.

(Original air-date: 12/8/21)

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." Along with her reporting partner Scott Detrow, she won the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. She recently returned from a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.