In this episode, we take a look ahead to the opening of Pittsburgh’s new uber-green environmental center and investigate whether Shell’s new petrochemical facility could erase western Pennsylvania’s recent gains in air quality.
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Stories in this episode
- This is Exactly How Natural Gas Gets Turned Into Plastics - Our energy reporter Reid Frazier digs into how Shell's new ethane cracker will turn natural gas into one of the building blocks of modern life.
- Could Shell’s Ethane Cracker Erase Recent Gains in Air Quality? - Shell's new petrochemical facility in western Pennsylvania could bring emissions of some air pollutants back to levels the region hasn't seen since the 1990s.
- Hey, Pittsburgh. You Now Have the Greenest City Building in the World. - Geothermal heating, a parking area covered in solar panels and a rainwater collection system are just a few of the bells and whistles that make Pittsburgh's new Frick Environmental Center a marvel of green design.
- In Coal Country, A Town is Wary of Candidates’ Big Campaign Promises - The ever-shifting debate over energy policy has many in a Pennsylvania coal town fired up–and worried–about the outcome of this year's presidential election.
- ‘Mighty’ Etna: The Greening of a Blue-Collar River Town - When a flood devastated the river town of Etna in 2004, the community set in motion a radical plan to cope with its stormwater problems using green infrastructure.