energy, explained Pennsylvania is kind of a big deal when it comes to energy. From fracking to coal to renewables to nuclear, the Keystone State has it all. And increasingly, Pennsylvania is at the center of national debates over energy and the environment. The reporters at StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media reporting collaboration among WITF, WHYY, WESA and The Allegheny Front, bring you a podcast that goes behind the headlines to tell you what you need to know about how we find and use energy in Pennsylvania. Each episode, we'll look at the benefits and the costs of energy extraction in Pennsylvania, and dissect why it matters. We'll look at the who pays the costs, who benefits, and how it contributes to our ultimate impact on this planet: climate change.
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Pennsylvania is kind of a big deal when it comes to energy. From fracking to coal to renewables to nuclear, the Keystone State has it all. And increasingly, Pennsylvania is at the center of national debates over energy and the environment. The reporters at StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media reporting collaboration among WITF, WHYY, WESA and The Allegheny Front, bring you a podcast that goes behind the headlines to tell you what you need to know about how we find and use energy in Pennsylvania. Each episode, we'll look at the benefits and the costs of energy extraction in Pennsylvania, and dissect why it matters. We'll look at the who pays the costs, who benefits, and how it contributes to our ultimate impact on this planet: climate change.

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Climate change's big question: Can we get to zero carbon?

Recent reports stress the urgency of reducing carbon emissions to check the worst effects of climate change. At a public event In Pittsburgh, a distinguished panel waded into the possibilites, obstacles and potential solutions. The panelists: Paulina Jaramillo, associate professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University and co-director of the Green Design Institute; Ivonne Peña, an energy analyst who has worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S. and the Colombia's Energy and Gas Regulatory Commission; and Greg Reed, a professor of electric power engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, and director of Pitt's Center for Energy and the Energy GRID Institute.

Black lung disease epidemic: 'It shouldn't have happened'

NPR reporter Howard Berkes joins StateImpact Pennsylvania's Reid Frazier to discuss regulatory failures — and the human cost, including to Pennsylvania miners — of a disease that has been described as "suffocating while alive." Berkes' reporting has revealed that regulators could have prevented increasing cases of the fatal disease among miners in Appalachia.

What responsible reporting on scientific research looks like

How should journalists go about covering research, so that they add to the public discourse rather than inflame it? StateImpact Pennsylvania's Amy Sisk talks to two reporters who've covered studies tied to fracking and health for this episode of the "energy explained" podcast. StateImpact's Susan Phillips is based at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Elana Gordon is a Knight science journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who reported on health for WHYY's health and science show "The Pulse."

Author Bethany McLean, 'Saudi America' and what you might not know about the fracking industry

Bethany McLean, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, peers into the business side of fracking and finds an industry that is moving 'astonishing' amounts of money but isn't as financially strong as it might seem. She discusses why there is 'no such thing' as American energy independence, and how that concept could pose a long-term threat to U.S. energy leadership.

Author Bethany McLean, 'Saudi America' and what you might not know about the fracking industry

Environmental rights in Pa.: New life for a forgotten amendment

Pennsylvania was among the first governments in the world to guarantee its citizens the right to a clean environment. In practice, that didn't mean much — until now. As fracking transformed the state's rural landscapes, it's unexpectedly led to a shift in the legal landscape, too.

Maple trees vs. natural gas: How one family lost the farm to a failed pipeline project

The Holleran family stood firm against a natural gas pipeline that threatened their dream of a maple syrup farm. They navigated the twisting turns of an inscrutable federal bureaucracy. They stood between the trees and chainsaws. But when they were threatened with arrests and fines, close knit ties began to fray. Men with chainsaws, guarded by men with assault rifles, felled 558 trees. And then something happened that took everyone by surprise.

Maple trees vs. natural gas: How one family lost the farm to a failed pipeline project

A very controversial pipeline

Pennsylvania's most polarizing pipeline brings the fracking boom through Philadelphia's suburbs. The neighbors aren't happy. We explain.

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The reporters at StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media reporting collaboration among WITF, WHYY, WESA and The Allegheny Front, bring you a podcast that goes behind the headlines about how we find and use energy in Pennsylvania.

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