Good morning. The state is adding apples, bread, charcuterie and pickles and other fermented delicacies to its menu of trails designed to guide tourists to local food producers, restaurants and markets. Central Pennsylvania destinations are well-represented on the new trails, though Dillsburg is inexplicably absent from the pickle trail. 
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DEP secretary Patrick McDonnell charges an electric car at a charging station in Camp Hill (Photo/Submitted).

Urging action, Wolf unveils new climate plan

Despite a plan to slash carbon emissions from large power plants over the next decade, Pennsylvania will fall short of its longer-term goal for reducing gases linked to climate change.
  • That was the message from state officials yesterday as they laid out a revised plan to reach those goals, despite likely opposition from Republicans in the state legislature.
  • In pushing back on Gov. Tom Wolf, Republicans have pointed to a steady decline in the state's carbon emissions between 2005 and 2017.
  • The decline -- of about 19% -- was confirmed in the Wolf administration's latest climate action plan, the fifth in a series initiated under a 2008 law.
  • However, the drop has come primarily due to one-time factors that won't be repeated, such as the rise of natural gas in place of coal to make electricity, according to Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Adoption of electric vehicles also has been slow, McDonnell said during a virtual press conference.

Why is this happening: Wolf has been pushing for more action on climate change since taking office in 2014.   

What's next: Absent further action, the state's emissions in 2050 would be roughly 24% below 2005 levels. In 2019, Wolf issued an executive order calling for a reduction of 80% by 2050.
  • Among other elements, the plan calls for setting tighter energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings and boosting the adoption of electric vehicles.
  • Some elements of the plan will require legislative approval, such as ordering utilities to generate more power from wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy.
  • In other areas, the Wolf administration may be able to act unilaterally, as it has with its plan for large power plants.

Are more cuts needed: Yes, according to the Wolf administration, which warned of more extreme heat and more severe storms if nothing is done.
  • During the press conference yesterday, administration officials noted the impact would hit particularly hard on lower-income and at-risk communities.
  • "Residents in vulnerable communities are often in older housing infrastructure situations and have limited access to air conditioning and have limited mobility," said Allison Acevedo, environmental justice director at the DEP.


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Quick takes

WHO'S HIRING: Fulton Financial. The Lancaster-based bank has named Anthony Cossetti as its next chief accounting officer. He brings more than 27 years of financial and accounting experience and last worked as finance director for Title Alliance, a title insurance company in Media. He previously worked in finance roles for Philadelphia-based Beneficial Bancorp, New Jersey-based Unity Bancorp, Wyomissing-based Sovereign Bank and Delaware-based MBNA America
  • Cossetti, a CPA, will oversee Fulton's securities and bank regulatory reporting, as well as operational accounting functions. He will also carry the titles controller and executive vice president.
  • He replaces Mark McCollom, Fulton's CFO, who had been chief accounting officer on an interim basis.
  • McCollom was filling in for Michael DePorter, who took a leave of absence in the spring.
  • DePorter took a job this month as CFO for The Northumberland National Bank in north-central Pennsylvania, according to his Linkedin profile.

WHO'S TOASTING: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Despite restraints over the last year on restaurants and bars, state liquor sales reached a record level in the fiscal year ending June 30, according to unaudited results released yesterday. Liquor sales hit $2.91 billion, beating the previous record of $2.67 billion set in fiscal year 2018-2019.  

WHO'S GOT MORE TIME: Taxpayers affected by flooding and other damage from Hurricane Ida in early September. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has extended deadlines for both businesses and individuals who need to file 2020 taxes this month and in November, according to a press release.

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