Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony regarding the proposed emission standards for existing coal-fired power plants. I am John Pippy, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, representing underground and surface bituminous coal operators in Pennsylvania, and the businesses that service and supply the industry.
Senator John Walsh (D-Montana) was already running a losing campaign for re-election, but he may have shored up his retirement with his recent missteps in crisis communications.
Last week, the nation paused to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing, the giant leap for mankind that showed us that it was indeed possible to go hang out on a desolate rock orbiting the earth. To mark this anniversary, we proudly share this video of astronaut Buzz Aldrin punching a moon landing conspiracy theorist right in the chops.
To celebrate the annual Monty Python reunion in London, there is now a 50-foot dead parrot sprawled across the grass at Potters Field Park. We found this to be critical information for our readers to have, possibly because we have sunstroke.
Here at Triad Strategies, we take pride in the strength of our Crisis Communications Practice, headed by Rick Kelly. Recently, Rick had the chance to weigh in with his expert advice on an international crisis facing a foundation dedicated to stopping human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Cambodia.
It was inevitable. Really, it had to happen. President Obama was eventually going to be in a state where marijuana is legal, and somebody was gonna ask the Commander-in-Chief if he wanted to rock a little herb. And so it happened in Colorado this week, and the President politely declined the offer. Given his poll numbers as of late, maybe he should have just gone ahead and indulged.
A Guest Post by Roy Wells, President and Managing Partner of Triad Strategies
An industry that is built upon a regulatory environment that limits supply and consequently cannot meet demand, for the sole purpose of creating economic barriers to entry, while at the same time not meeting the needs of the public, is an industry that is setting itself up for economic disruption.
On July 8, the Third and State blog posted a piece on why ride-sharing companies, like Lyft and Uber, will hurt the taxi industry in Pennsylvania. The author's view differs greatly from that of Senator Wayne Fontana and Representative Erin Molchany, two progressive Democrats who have sponsored legislation and resolutions supporting ride-sharing as a safe and convenient mode of transportation. It also runs counter to the opinion of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, widely regarded as one of the most progressive mayors in the country.
Following a cease-and-desist order issued to Lyft and Uber, the Public Utilities Commission now supports legislation from Senator Wayne Fontana that would formally legalize ride-sharing in Pennsylvania.
As an otherwise rocky, cantankerous and partisan spring legislative session wound to a close last Wednesday night, there was a moment of bipartisan cooperation that many observers may have missed and it was an instructive moment for all of those who were paying attention.
Welcome to your truncated version of the weekly wrap, brought to you in advance of the Independence Day holiday so that we may leave our palatial offices today and eat hot dogs and hamburgers.
On July 1, two Administrative Law Judges issued a cease-and-desist order to Lyft and Uber – ridesharing companies currently operating in Pittsburgh – until they comply with Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission regulations. The investigatory arm of the PUC asked for this action recently, and the judges granted that request, citing public safety as one of the primary reasons for the cease-and-desist order.