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PENNSYLVANIA CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the Pennsylvania Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Pennsylvania: over 65,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Pennsylvania: over 9,000
  • Number of solar jobs in Pennsylvania: over 4,200
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in Pennsylvania: over 50,000
  • Number of solar companies in Pennsylvania: 559
  • Number of jobs directly supported by wind energy in Pennsylvania: up to 2,000
  • Number of wind turbines in Pennsylvania: over 700
  • Number of homes that could be powered by wind generation in Pennsylvania: nearly 350,000
  • Number of Pennsylvanians working in clean energy transmission, distribution, and storage: over 37,000

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in Pennsylvania from 2007-2016: 23
  • Number of people killed by extreme weather in Pennsylvania in 2018: 5
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in Pennsylvania: over 3,600

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of Pennsylvanians that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 69%
  • Percentage of Pennsylvanians that believe climate change is caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 56%
  • Percentage of Pennsylvanians worried about climate change: 59%
  • Percentage of Pennsylvanians that support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 69%